Sweet Land

During the 1920s in the United States it was a time of heavy immigration. People from many different countries were coming to the land of opportunity to start new lives. Inge (Elizabeth Reaser – The Family Stone, The Believer) is a young German woman who is coming to Minnesota to marry Norwegian farmer, Olaf (Tim Guinee – Ladder 49, Blade), whom she has never met before. Her arrival and their impending marriage are complicated by the fact that when she arrives she is without any immigration papers. No one is inclined to help her especially in this post World War I era of mistrust towards Germans. She comes under suspicion by everyone in town except Olaf's best friend, Frandsen (Alan Cumming – X2, Spy Kids), and his wife, Brownie (Alex Kingston – from television's ER). Even the local minister, Sorrensen (John Heard – The Guardian, White Chicks), uses the flimsy excuse as a reason not to marry them.

While struggling to get her papers Inge moves in with Brownie and Frandsen and their large brood. She has to adjust to the different language and culture of her new country. Inge and Olaf also use this time to get to know one another and Inge finds this difficult at times because Olaf is a man of so few words that it is hard to read him. Despite the overwhelming disapproval Inge and Olaf start to develop feelings and Inge, through her willingness to pitch in and work, makes herself part of the community.

If you are into old fashioned love stories then this film should be right up your alley. There is a sort of innocence to it that doesn't seem to happen much nowadays. It sorta reminds me of the type of stories that would show every Sunday afternoon or early evening on the Disney show years back. The love story is also intermingled with the aspects of anti-German feelings in the U.S. after World War I and the immigrant experience in the United States in the early 20th century. It is a slow paced, well shot film by director Ali Selim (first feature film) that gets its point across through body language and facial expressions most of the time. You'll find the characters and story touching and realistic.

Special Features:
-Sweet Land: A Land of Love Story
-Theatrical trailer

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