David Tumblety
Missy Schwartz
July 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sweet Land

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/13/06
performer
Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Reaser, Alan Cumming, Lois Smith
director
Ali Selim
distributor
Libero
author
Ali Selim
genre
Romance

We gave it a C+

A treacly story of acceptance, forgiveness, and the like, Sweet Land stars Elizabeth Reaser as a German mail- order bride who arrives in a Norwegian-immigrant village in 1920s Minnesota, only to be shunned by the preacher (John Heard).The part about her being a Teutonic socialist (read: devious!) got lost in translation when her marriage to Olaf (Tim Guinee) was arranged. And so she must prove herself worthy — which she does, naturally, by helping Olaf harvest hay. EXTRAS Commentary by director Ali Selim, Reaser, and others, plus a basic making-of. C+

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