Stated clearly in the opening and in body of movie
These are Mennonites not Amish. There's a difference. Unfortunately this is the typically painful Hollywood view that depicts every conservative sect the same way, with stilted language and oddness, neither of which bears any relation to reality. It would be offensive if it weren't so ridiculous and ignorant. Interesting that the more liberal sister is wearing obvious makeup. Charles Ruggles is the only actor who seems even slightly believable in this mess. There's also an outstandingly trained mule. Breen sang well and Dare skated well with challenging choreography. The part where the four are taking a stroll behind the plow is particularly weird and not something we are likely to ever see again unless someone makes a parody of the genre, if indeed one could parody this genre.
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