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Sweet Land (2005)

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.

Director:

Ali Selim

Writers:

Will Weaver (short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat"), Ali Selim

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9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Reaser ... Young Inge
Lois Smith ... Old Inge
Patrick Heusinger ... Young Lars
Stephen Pelinski 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 Kirsten Frantzich ... Lee
Stephen Yoakam Stephen Yoakam ... Einar Torvik
Karen Landry ... Rose Torvik
James Cada James Cada ... Minister Thorwald
Debbie DeLisi Debbie DeLisi ... Sarah Torvik
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Storyline

As Inge buries her husband Olaf on their Minnesota farm in 1968, we relive her life story as she tells her grown grandson about how she arrived from Germany in 1920 as Olaf's postal bride and of the obstacles they overcame in order to marry... Written by Lillian LaSalle

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief partial nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Norwegian

Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Wedding Photo See more »

Filming Locations:

Dawson, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,860, 15 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,706,325, 8 July 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Florida Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

Corn plants shown in the film were spaced only inches apart. In the 1920's each plant was spaced much further apart. Horse drawn planters used "planting chains" anchored at ends of each row so the distance between each row would equal the distance between each plant. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Soundtracks

Eskimo Kisses
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Lieberman (as T.F. Lieberman)
Published by Liza Rose Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Thomas Lieberman (as Tom Lieberman)
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a lyrical beautifully filmed story
10 October 2006 | by nussgallesSee all my reviews

i knew nothing about it before i saw sweet land at a film "class" preview. what a wonderful surprise. it is slow, thoughtful, with frames that are like beautiful photographs. the director gets more across with silence and facial expressions than most dialogue does. the actors are unique individuals - each performance a gem. and, the story is touching - the decent salt of the earth assimilated farmers who feel threatened by "other" outsiders. the two main characters beautifully portrayed as they work side by side and get to know each other. unique heartland music that respects the acting and dialogue and enhances without taking over at all. i highly recommend this for filmgoers who want to be touched and immersed. kudos to ali selim and fine company.


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