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      Sweet Land

      PG 2005 1h 50m Drama Romance List
      85% Tomatometer 73 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings When Inge Altenberg (Elizabeth Reaser), a young German woman, arrives in rural Minnesota, she meets Norwegian farmer Olaf Torvik (Tim Guinee), a fellow immigrant. Olaf's parents in Norway have arranged for the two to marry, but problems arise when she doesn't have the proper papers. Despite being unwed, the couple lives and farms together, causing a rift with their community. In the face of considerable hardship, Inge and Olaf toil away and grow closer in the process. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Finding the right balance between subtle and sentimental, Sweet Land moves beyond other similarly-themed dramas with evocative cinematography that plays an equal role to the talented cast.

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      Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Metro Newspaper (UK) The flashback structure adds nothing but length to an already awkward mix of humanist-socialist parable and gently halting love story that's been sat on a shelf since 2005. But even so, it's a surprisingly sweet little treat. Rated: 3/5 Sep 5, 2008 Full Review Anthony Quinn Independent (UK) At once epic and intimate, Sweet Land offers a stirring account of love and hardship which, aside from a muffed Capra moment towards the end, hardly puts a foot wrong. Rated: 4/5 Sep 5, 2008 Full Review Martin Hoyle Financial Times Nostalgic, gentle, loving: the elegiac mood set against endless rural space inevitably suggests Malick's Days of Heaven. What next from this considerable talent? Sep 5, 2008 Full Review Al Alexander The Patriot Ledger Ali Selim's visual masterpiece recalls the stark artistry of Terrence Malick and Western lyricism of Larry McMurtry, as it turns every frame into a picture postcard of stunning beauty. Rated: A- May 25, 2013 Full Review Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com Exceptionally photographed and remarkably performed by actors Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Reaser, Sweet Land is modest, but demonstrative, eager to detail a love story that sustains for a lifetime. Rated: A Dec 28, 2009 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Rated: 3.5/5 Sep 15, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John P Wonderful story!! The hard life of the immigrant farmer, hate, discrimination, smallmindness. And love shines through. Today we cannot Imagine life on a farm in the early 1900's. Incredible cinematography, writing, and acting. Don't miss this one. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an amazingly good movie with a awesome story and even though it is a little slow at times, I was still recommend it, James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, February 19, 2023 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review jill l Nice. Prejudice. Conflict. Love. Changes of heart. Captivating. Great acting and production values. I liked the way they organized the storytelling. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved the movie; frustrated when the foreign languages weren't translated in the subtitles. The story is sweet, and the cinematography was beautiful. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member The actors do what they can, but the pace is so glacial, so utterly comatose that the film will actually put you to sleep. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Great story told simply and fabulous cinematography. Good enough to watch several times. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When Inge Altenberg (Elizabeth Reaser), a young German woman, arrives in rural Minnesota, she meets Norwegian farmer Olaf Torvik (Tim Guinee), a fellow immigrant. Olaf's parents in Norway have arranged for the two to marry, but problems arise when she doesn't have the proper papers. Despite being unwed, the couple lives and farms together, causing a rift with their community. In the face of considerable hardship, Inge and Olaf toil away and grow closer in the process.
      Director
      Ali Selim
      Producer
      Ali Selim, Alan Cumming
      Screenwriter
      Ali Selim
      Production Co
      LasalleHolland
      Rating
      PG (Brief Partial Nudity|Mild Language)
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Oct 13, 2006
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 3, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.7M
      Runtime
      1h 50m
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