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In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Wonderfully nostalgic, funny, sad, ironic tale of immigrant farmers in Minnesota See more (58 total) »


  (in credits order)

Elizabeth Reaser ... Young Inge

Lois Smith ... Old Inge

Patrick Heusinger ... Young Lars
Stephen Pelinski ... Old Lars

Tim Guinee ... Young Olaf

Robert Hogan ... Old Olaf

Alan Cumming ... Young Frandsen

Paul Sand ... Old Frandsen

Jodie Markell ... Donna Torvik

Sage Kermes ... Mae Torvik
Kirsten Frantzich ... Lee
Stephen Yoakam ... Einar Torvik

Karen Landry ... Rose Torvik
James Cada ... Minister Thorwald

Debbie DeLisi ... Sarah Torvik

Charlotta Mohlin ... Else Jorgensdatter

Tom Gilroy ... Comrade Vik
James Bakkom ... Station Manager

John Heard ... Minister Sorrensen

John Paul Gamoke ... Brekke

Ned Beatty ... Harmo
Barbara Kingsley ... Disa
Stephen D'Ambrose ... Clerk of Court

Alex Kingston ... Brownie

Patrick Coyle ... Martin
Raye Birk ... Postal Clerk
Dick Reignier ... LaMotte
Palmer Grinager ... Auction Spotter
Tony Papenfuss ... Gentleman Bidder
Wayne A. Evenson ... Judge Sundby (as Wayne Evenson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Jim Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Jimmy Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Joseph Courtemanche ... Norwegian Farmer (uncredited)

Frank Crandell ... Farmer with Red Wood Cane (uncredited)
Christopher Day ... Train Station Farmer / Luggage Handler (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ... Blacksmith (uncredited)

Matthew Feeney ... Farmer (uncredited)
Corbin Groothuis ... Fransen's son (uncredited)
Maximilian Selim ... Barista Sergio (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Swedish Farmer (uncredited)
Ken Vierling ... Funeral Director (uncredited)
Will Weaver ... Unnamed farmer in magic lattern scene (uncredited)

Jim Westcott ... Banker (uncredited)

Directed by
Ali Selim 
Writing credits
Will Weaver (short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat")

Ali Selim 

Produced by
Ace Allgood .... associate producer
Gil Bellows .... co-producer
Jim Bigham .... producer
Alan Cumming .... producer
David Dancyger .... co-producer
Edward J. Driscoll .... executive producer (as Edward Driscoll)
Howard Ellis .... associate producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Gill Holland .... executive producer
Gary S. Kohler .... executive producer
Lillian LaSalle .... executive producer
Thomas Lieberman .... executive producer (as Thomas F. Lieberman)
Sarah Lopes .... associate producer: post-production
Terrance Moore .... executive producer
Thomas Pope .... co-producer
Ali Selim .... producer
Robin Selim .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Orton 
Cinematography by
David Tumblety 
Film Editing by
James Stanger 
Casting by
Lynn Blumenthal 
Joan Lynn 
Production Design by
James Bakkom  (as James R. Bakkom)
Art Direction by
Emily Davis 
Set Decoration by
Jill Broadfoot 
Costume Design by
Eden Miller 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup: Metamorphosis (as Crist J. Ballas)
Teri Demarest .... assistant hair stylist
Melanie Harris .... key makeup artist
Deanna Johnson .... assistant makeup artist (as Deanna L. Johnson)
Masami Sato .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Clint Allen .... unit production manager
Ace Allgood .... post-production supervisor
Kelly Thaemert .... assistant post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Davies .... first assistant director
Chad Steiner .... second second assistant director
Rudy Van Zyl .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Berglund .... property master
Michelle Gilstead .... assistant set decorator
Jim Kindt .... leadman
Vern Lund .... scenic assistant
Derek McCallum .... consultant: design
Kathy Niemeier .... second assistant set decorator
Kevin Noteboom .... scenic painter
Keith Reitmeier .... carpenter
James Ross .... show carpenter
Tom Smittle .... scenic assistant
Gary Surber .... construction coordinator: on-set
Chris Thickins .... swing
David Underhill .... property assistant (as Dave Underhill)
Wayne Wedland .... construction coordinator: pre-production
Sound Department
Peter Batchelder .... sound design assistant
Randy Bobo .... post-production sound supervisor
Randy Bobo .... sound designer
Gerard Bonnette .... sound mixer
Ken Chastain .... adr mixer
Allison Cordas .... audio post-production coordinator
Derek Englund .... adr assistant engineer
Attilia M. Fierro .... sound coordinator: Dolby
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Kultgen .... adr editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Steve Kultgen .... foley editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Steve Kultgen .... sound editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Ben Lazard .... boom operator
Grant Lazer .... sound intern
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
David J. Russ .... sound engineer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Sheila Wordell .... sound editing assistant
Visual Effects by
Kurt Angell .... visual effects artist
Kurt Angell .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Doeden .... visual effects artist
Randal Gackstetter .... visual effects artist
Rich Kaplinski .... film recorder
Deb Kirkeeide .... visual effects artist
Michael B. Nokken .... focus and alignment
John A. Shaw .... focus and alignment (as John Shaw)
Dave Sweet .... telecine artist
Amanda Tibbits .... visual effects manager
Eric Williams .... focus and alignment
Martha Williams .... focus and alignment
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Armitage .... first assistant camera
Ray Attridge .... electrician
Dan Breslin .... electrician
Christopher Bridges .... grip (as Chris Bridges)
Slater Crosby .... camera operator: "b" camera
Slater Crosby .... cinematographer: second unit
Lora Davis .... grip
Paul Eichler .... best boy grip
Travis Hottinger .... electrician
Roger 'Chaz' Johnson .... grip
Victor Korte .... crane operator
Jimmy Nguyen .... electrician
Gregory J. Niska .... gaffer (as Greg Niska)
John Pycha .... key grip
Randall Smith .... camera loader (as Randy Smith)
Steve Speers .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Steve Speers .... first assistant camera: second unit
Niknaz Tavakolian .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Niknaz Tavakolian .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jason Vandermer .... second assistant camera
Michael Winn .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Debbie DeLisi .... extras casting
Kyle Luker .... casting associate
Mary Olson .... extras casting assistant
Carrie Yeager .... casting reader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vicki Jenkins .... wardrobe supervisor (as Vickie Jenkins)
Andrew Rempel .... set costumer
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... editor: DRS
Michael Balabuch .... digital intermediate project manager (as Mike Balabuch)
Jeremy Ryan Carr .... first assistant editor (as Jeremy Carr)
Jessica Elvin .... editor: DRS
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Charlie Gerszewski .... additional editor (as Charles Gerszewski)
Fred Heid .... color timer
Cecil Hooker .... on-line editor
Carlos Monfort .... assistant digital intermediate colorist
Maximilian Selim .... editing intern
Dave Sweet .... telecine artist
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Mike Weldon .... additional editor
Lynn Worley .... telecine artist
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Haley Bonar .... musician: singer
Ben Goldberg .... musician: clarinet
Carla Kihlstedt .... additional composer
Carla Kihlstedt .... musician: violin and nyckelharpa
Thomas Lieberman .... music supervisor (as Thomas J. Lieberman)
Mark Orton .... musician: harmonium, percussion, piano, autoharp, guitar, banjo, bass harmonics and toy piano
Zeena Parkins .... musician: accordion
Megan Sorensen .... musician: violin
David J. Russ .... additional music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Gowing .... driver
Michael Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Eugene Kirsch .... driver (as Gene Kisch)
Leo Skudlarek .... driver
Other crew
Erin Acker .... production coordinator
Kurt Arner .... animal handler
Kurt Arner .... consultant: farm history
Kris Barberg .... location scout
Margaret Bergh .... consultant: magic langers, Mar-Nan Collection
Cameron Bliss .... intern
Andrew Burton .... key set production assistant
Elisa Carlson .... dialect coach
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Ralph Costanza .... print coordinator
Dawn Dann .... set medic
Loren Demmer .... set medic
Ulla Friis .... dialect coach
Joey Galvin .... assistant: Alan Cumming
Rachelle Gibson .... script supervisor
Kelly Gilpatrick .... intern
John Handeen .... consultant: farm history
Nicole Hersey .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Aaron Holmberg .... location scout
Kate Houst .... web designer: Tessera Design Inc.
Denise Huber .... german translator
Karen S. Johnson .... film runner
Amanda Jurgensen .... stand-in: Inge
Tom Kristjanson .... intern
Bob Kundrat .... stand-in: Olaf (as Bob Kurandt)
Richard Kvols .... consultant: crop
Andrea Lazard .... travel supervisor (as Andrea Johnson)
Grant Lazer .... intern
David J. LeCompte .... production assistant
Jake Lieberman .... intern
Sarah Lopes .... production assistant
Jim Luby .... consultant: crop
Michelle Manuel .... intern
Neil Martin .... production assistant
Derek McCallum .... consultant: song slides
Roni Mickle .... film runner
Terrance Moore .... production attorney: Steingart, McGrath & Moore
Kindy Olson .... intern
Matt Parker .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Alex Perez .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Lara Perez-Fernandez .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Roxane Peterson .... accountant: Virchow, Krause and Company
Aaron Pikala .... intern
Jonathon Roberts .... intern
Suzanne Roberts .... assistant production coordinator
James Ross .... assistant: Mr. Bakkom
Lars Samuelson .... norwegian translator
Todd Sandler .... intern
Daniel Satorius .... production attorney: Abdo, Abdo, Broady & Satorius
Alex Selim .... consultant: baseball
Maximilian Selim .... consultant: baseball (as Max Selim)
Trish Sheppard .... accountant: audio post-production
Stuart Skrien .... location manager
Daniel Splonsk .... set medic
Lisa Stearns .... intern
Audrey Thompson .... film runner
Steve Toth .... caterer: Ken & Art's
C. Elizabeth Trumble .... production accountant
Tyler Valtensen .... production assistant
Annie Wallick .... intern
Travis Woods .... assistant caterer
Lynn Worley .... production secretary
Lynn Worley .... researcher
Gil Bellows .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Alan Cumming .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Dan Futterman .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing (as Danny Futterman)
Keith Gordon .... eternal thanks
Rachel Griffin .... eternal thanks
Thomas Lieberman .... withoutr whom this film would not be quietly breathing (as Tom Lieberman)
Luke Perry .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Todd Pitman .... thanks

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Rated PG for brief partial nudity and mild language
110 min
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Most of the Norwegian and German was not scripted, but made up by the actors during filming and is gibberish.See more »
Factual errors: In one early scene (in the church) Inge says in German, "Ich bin eine deutsche Fräulein" ("I am a German girl"). This is completely wrong German - a glaring grammatical mistake far too basic to be explained away as part of her character. "Fräulein", like all diminutives in German, is a neutral noun, so the correct rendering should be, "Ich bin ein deutsches Fräulein".See more »
Old Inge:[reading] A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.See more »
Quiet BreathingSee more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully nostalgic, funny, sad, ironic tale of immigrant farmers in Minnesota, 27 December 2006
Author: ( from Portland, Oregon, United States

Delightful, richly imagined story of a young immigrant woman who comes from Norway to Minnesota in 1919 as a "mail order bride" to marry a Norwegian farmer. By turns slapstick funny, tender, ironic and sad, this movie successfully evokes the difficult life of foreign homesteaders in a new land, in a story told simply, with no pretensions and with a wondrous range of nuances.

We confront outrageous instances of religious, ethnic and political bigotry, and the cruel predations of wealthy money lenders who don't blink an eye when pressing foreclosures, ruining families who have sat elbow to elbow with them at church every Sunday for years. But we also see examples of kindheartedness, longing for love and gradually dawning romance, individual integrity and group justice, not to mention hilarious moments, both intentional and unintended.

Inge (Elizabeth Reaser, a luminous beauty) is the stalwart German woman who comes to marry the reticent Olaf (Tim Guinee), who had thought she was Norwegian like him, since she came from a town in Norway. Olaf is a character straight out of a Garrison Keillor monologue: he's the quintessential shy Norwegian bachelor farmer.

Inge, on the other hand, is deferential only because she can't speak English or Norwegian, only German, and that only with the church pastor, Rev. Sorrensen (John Heard), who refuses to conduct the wedding because Inge has no citizenship papers and, ironically, he is suspicious of her German roots, in a time when anti-German sentiment was still at a peak following WW I. Once Inge's got a handle on language, she starts to show her pluck, for, beneath her stunning physical beauty, Inge is in fact a forceful woman.

Comic relief is afforded in a marvelous turn by Alan Cumming as Frandsen, another - and altogether inadequate – farmer. Rather than actually work at farming, Frandsen would much rather entertain his wife and nine kids, and his friends, with funny gestures and tunemaking. Cumming's performance reminds me of Ray Bolger as the scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, or Håkan Hagegård, as Papageno in Bergman's "The Magic Flute," or some of the masters of physical comedy in the silent film era. Rounding out a superb cast are Ned Beatty as Harmo, a ruthless banker, and Alex Kinston as Frandsen's wife, Brownie.

Director Ali Selim, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, had a highly successful career making commercials for television before undertaking this picture, his debut feature narrative film. He worked from a short story by Bemidji writer Will Weaver, called "Gravestone Made of Wheat." The movie was shot on location in a rural area of southwest Minnesota. This film will leave you laughing and crying. It is a treasure. (In English, German and Norwegian) My grades: 8.5/10 (A-) (Seen on 12/26/06)

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