Item description for Sweet Land - A Love Story by Ali Selim, Elizabeth Reaser & Tim Guinee...
DescriptionInge (Elizabeth Reaser) is a feisty German mail-order bride who has come to Minnesota to marry Olaf (Tim Guinee), a young Norwegian immigrant farmer of few words. But in a post-WWI, anti-German climate, the local minister (John Heard) openly forbids the marriage. Inge and Olaf fall in love despite the town's disapproval. But when the town banker (Ned Beatty) attempts to foreclose on the farm of his friend Frandsen (Alan Cumming), Olaf takes a stand...and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.
Outline Adapted from a Will Weaver story, Ali Selim's Sweet Land is a truly sweet story about unlikely immigrant lovers whose struggle for integration into 1920's America earns them a work ethic more American than many of their narrow-minded neighbors. Set in rural Minnesota, the sentimental film focuses on tribulations that Scandinavian settlers experienced, with a cinematic serenity reminiscent of Terrence Malik's Days of Heaven. Norwegian farmer Olaf Torvik (Tim Guinee) invites a non-English speaking German siren, Inge Alltenburg (Elizabeth Reaser), to relocate and marry him, but discovers that neither the town's Lutheran pastor (John Heard) nor the local judge will marry a German into their community for fear of wartime German spies. Inge finds friendship in neighbors Frandsen (Alan Cumming) and his wife, Brownie (Alex Kingston), who disregarding local gossip, welcome her into their home. Finally, Inge proves herself, settling in so that Sweet Land's historical narrative is framed by Inge, fifty years later, speaking to her adult son about her husband's death and their plot of land. This multi-generational tale of social acceptance and land ownership is ultimately the story of America, though the regional specificity of Sweet Land will speak especially to those familiar with Midwestern culture. --Trinie Dalton
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Actors: Elizabeth Reaser, Lois Smith, Patrick Heusinger, Stephen Pelinski, Tim Guinee
Directors: Ali Selim
Writers: Will Weaver
Producers: Ace Allgood, David Dancyger, Edward J. Driscoll
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, German, Norwegian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 110.00 minutes
Record Label 20th Century Fox
Format AC-3 / Color / Dolby / DVD / Subtitle
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Jun 10, 2008
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012462616 ISBN13 0024543449744 UPC 024543449744
Availability 0 units.
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A Smart and Enjoyable Film Aug 13, 2007
Sweet Land is a film which is enjoyable time after time for the nuances of the writing, the acting and the beautiful cinematography. Because of the focus of the film on immigrant brides, and the reality of the language barriers, my second viewing was like seeing a sequel. The actors brought real depth to the subject matter and I especially appreciated the development of the relationships in the community. A great film for the whole family.
Moving, poignant, timely, and a keeper Aug 12, 2007
A friend recommended we see this movie so we drove 90 miles to the nearest theatre to view this independant flick. Wow! Now, we have the video and are every bit as impressed. Filmed on location in the vicinity of Montevideo, MN Sweetland exudes a rare authenticity that simply grips the heart and soul. Pastoral settings, migrating geese flying by, the harvest the old fashioned way...it's all there, with great magnificence and integrity. We tend to forget life tensions around 1920, emigration pressures, foreign language miscommunications, ostracism, hard work, the influence of the church and minister...While you're immersed in the story it suddenly hits you that certain contempory issues also echo within this unfolding drama. How many films have you seen lately that are bold enough to go a full ten minutes before the main title comes to view? It's 1 hour 50 minutes long. The ten minute behind the scenes feature reveals what inspired the writer and the director, adding additional dimensions to the moving story. We haven't yet taken in the audio commentary, that'll be next. Buy it, watch it, show it to your kids. Keep your hankies close, it'll tug powerfully at your heart, especially so if you have roots in the great midwest. You'll find why the land can be sweeter than money.
SWEET LAND is destined to become a classic Aug 10, 2007
This film is destined to become a classic in the spirit of BADLANDS and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Wonderfully told, exquisitely filmed.
Excellent Film- without the modern day trash Jul 25, 2007
I watched this movie last night .... it was excellent. I want to buy it. Rated PG. nothing in it. no language, nothing...... There is one scene of her bathing you see her back (from the waist up), no private "areas" showing... because of the bare back, for some reason they put "partial nudity" on the back of the PG rating, since all it was , was her back, I thought that was funny. This is a great family movie for parents who are still trying to monitor the filth that is added in most movies these days. ....... A great story line mail order bride from Germany, sent to a Dutch farmer, in Minnesota, by his parents who lived in Germany........ The community hates germans because of the first world war.... Everyone is predjudiced against anyone "un-American".. Love, drama, humor, and tears..... GOOD MOVIE> RENT IT! WATCH IT! BUY IT! It won a bunch of awards in a few film festivals- including best picture and best actress........ i don't think it's gotten much publicity though. I bet if it had a raunchy sex scene & some swear words, it'd get alot more press, in this present non-moral, God-less society... People in this day and age forget that a story can still be told well, without being rated R & full of foul mouths & graphic nudity............... This is proof there can be a great movie made, an artistic achievment, without the filth most movies now awadays feel compelled toadd. No graphic nudity needed to prove points.... IT stands on it's own, clean, 2 feet. - rent it or buy it. It's a keeper. :-)
Beautifully filmed, but is it credible? Jul 23, 2007
The film is very slow and filmed beautifully. The characters are likeable. The acting is good and cast is good. My grandfather is a Norsky who came over on the boat and settled in Northern Iowa. I can relate to the stories because they resonate with some of the stories my father told me.
However, the farming was laughable. What in the world were they doing with the corn? Some of the techniques farmers used for wheat, but never with corn. I'll have to ask my dad about how they picked corn before combines. The farmer had to have a bigger wagon, somewhere? The audience never sees the barn and the house together in an external shot. Once you notice, it is disconcerting. Her german accent was atrocious. When she does a rant and rave in german, I almost had to start laughing. The plot jumps around in time a little. The son attends the mother's funeral. That leads in to the mother remembering her husband's life. Not much happens in the movie, which is ok. However, if they paid attention to more of the details, it would have made this period piece more worthy to watch.