In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World. Written by
Gerhard Windecker <email@example.com>
a new land...a new hope...a new dream
Did You Know?
When filming the scene towards the end, where Karl Oskar walks off to find a better place for his settlement, director Jan Troell
forgot to yell, "Cut." Max von Sydow
just kept walking and walking, waiting for a "cut", and nobody realized until they took lunch. See more
Black slaves are shown chained to the Lake Erie steamboat leaving Buffalo, New York, circa 1850. Slavery had been abolished in the State of New York since 1827. See more
Karl Oskar, I have to tell you something. I'm that way yet again.
Oh? It couldn't have been any more untimely and unsuited.