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Sweet Land - A Love Story

By Elizabeth Reaser (Actor), Lois Smith (Actor), Patrick Heusinger (Actor), Stephen Pelinski (Actor), Tim Guinee (Actor) & Ali Selim (Director)
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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
Publisher   Word Entertainment
UPC  024543449744  

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Inge (Elizabeth Reaser) is a feisty German 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.

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Absolutely Fantastic  May 18, 2010
This is one of those movies you have never heard of and wonder why. It is a fantastic story with first class acting and photography. This definitely goes into my list of favorite movies.
Topnotch  May 13, 2010
In an age when movies are rated for their sex, violence and sensational technical effects, this movie is a breath of fresh air. It is beautifully filmed, acted, and directed. A must-see!
A quiet and lovely movie, highly recommended  May 8, 2010
What a lovely surprise this superb movie provided.

Inga, a young German woman, arrives in Minnesota as a mail order bride to marry Olaf, a young Norwegian farmer. The time is the immediate aftermath of World War One and when the small community learns that Inga is German, they put obstacles in her path so that she and Olaf are unable to marry. She barely speaks English and Olaf is a man of very few words.

This understated yet passionate and beautiful movie tells of how love slowly and quietly builds between the two and how they learn to appreciate one another, creating a common language that is almost wordless. How Inga sees Olaf's commitment to independence and justice extends to embrace his neighbor -- how Olaf sees Inga's strength of character and commitment to him and to his farm and to the land.

Everything about this movie rang just right for me. The photography of the prairie, the big sky, the ducks migrating for the winter and an attractive cast of minor characters. The pace of the movie was just right. It gets under the skin and by the end, one is profoundly moved because there is a truth at the heart of this movie. I cannot recommend it too highly.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll reminisce  Apr 8, 2010
Not sure how to start, this film touched so many parts of me. First and foremost, I'd say it touched a part of my past that I've never known. How many of us never really know what hardships, joy and "different kinds of happiness" that our ancestors experienced? And without knowing what their dreams, failures and everything they encountered, we can lose sight of what a legacy really is. For me, I am embarking on a fight for a family legacy, a struggle to keep our "sweet land" in the family. Not due to financial hardships, but a worse kind - for greed. My grandmother grew up in southern Iowa and moved to NW Iowa, very near to the location of this film. Here she gave birth to six children, only one son - my father. As is the case with many farm families, the son put aside all of his other dreams (of playing sports, of college, of getting off the farm in general...) to keep the family legacy going. 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans (not much wheat grown in Iowa, not in our area anyway) just he and my grandpa farmed, with help from the neighbors. The "aunts" went to college and none work on the farm anymore, they all live at least one hour away, and my parents live not even a mile from the homeplace. It no longer has any significance to them besides the money. Currently, farmland in our area is priced at upwards of $5,000 per acre.

Two years ago, my grandpa died, leaving the majority of our farm corporation to my grandma and my dad. Which made my aunts seethe with greed and hatred. We don't talk anymore, except through our lawyers. At the moment, it appears that in the event of my grandmother's debt, the entire farm assets must be liquidated within 60 days of her death so that they may have their inheritance. This is a multi-million dollar affair, and this film hit my heart when I saw that check for $2.2 million dollars that the older Lars was going to take to the bank. If he hadn't been told by his grandmother all that they went through to live and work their dream, would he have still not done the deal?? I know that my aunts would, and I know that my mom, dad nor I would. But it's still being threatened, it's a life that my parents love and the only one they know, and my grandkids may not ever experience.

This film gave me hope that our land will stay in the family. We, too, have Scandinavian roots, and the other themes - immigration, religion, the power of community, the strength of the equality that men and women had out there on the prairie, the stark landscapes (I wish they would've shown some winter scenes, it's so cold and barren and beautiful!!), the exile that some had to endure by not going with the status quo, the financial instability/fragility of depending on the land for your only income, and the connection of family - were so incredibly poignant to me. I am so proud to be where I'm from and that my family is fighting together to keep our legacy. But, I'm one of four kids, I'm sure the fight for my sweet land isn't yet over for me...
A movie  Feb 14, 2010
Sweet Land is rare movie these days in that it is actually a movie. The visuals tell the story with sparse dialogue to support. I never understood when films went from silent to talkies, the talking had to multiply tenfold. Beyond that, however, it is just a beautiful and emotional tale of humanity and americana. And I don't think I need any more words to describe it.

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