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Sweet Land

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David Tumblety

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+