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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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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 ... 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

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Most of the Norwegian and German was not scripted, but made up by the actors during filming and is gibberish. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harmo: I can help you out.
Young Olaf: With our mortgage?
Harmo: Sure.
Young Olaf: Banking and farming don't mix.
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Soundtracks

Quiet Breathing
Music and Lyrics by Mark Orton, Thomas Lieberman (as T.F. Lieberman) and Haley Bonar
Published by Camp Watertown Music/Liza Rose Music
Quiet Breathing, LP (ASCAP)
Performed by Haley Bonar
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User Reviews

 
Excellent film from a new talent in Hollywood, Hurray!
8 March 2005 | by jmadams007See all my reviews

This film is marvelous, I was able to have a sneak peak as a student here at the U of M because my teacher (Tom Pope) actually aided in the screenplay of this wonderful debut. Avoiding all the clichés of a typical Hollywood romance, this one doesn't go strait for the tear ducts but if it doesn't warm those puppies up by the end than you're a heartless person. Excellent cast, story and directing, I cannot wait till this is out there for the public. There was a Q&A afterward with the director (Ali) and the producers, and it was so interesting to hear and see their processes in their own words, wonderful men who deserve all the success in the world with this film, a great movie for all ages, truly original and moving.


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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

Gross USA:

$1,706,325

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843,537
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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