Sweet Land (2005) - Drama, Romance

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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.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Ali Selim
Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Lois Smith
Length: 110 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 63 found boring (14.28%)

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But the equal 'stars' of this breathtaking (and heart-taking) film are cinematographer David Tumblety and musical scoring by Thomas Lieberman and Mark Orton.

Compelling sweet romance .

I know I enjoyed it tremendously.. Spectacular acting producing and directing.

Slow paced.

Discovering that Inge is actually German, the community and its spiritual leader Minister Sorrensen refused to accept Inge as Olaf's wife echoing the anti-German propaganda in the country after WWI.

It's a story of the prejudice an undocumented German mail-order bride encounters when she arrives someplace on the Great Plains to marry a Norwegian bachelor farmer, and a story of the struggles of changing over from traditional farming methods to modern cash-intensive mechanized farming.

The general lack of thinking that permeates this picture along with the slow pace dooms it to failure.

Breathtaking rural Minnesota scenery.

I expected something slow, understated, glorifying the period, and more admirable than moving.

The cinematography was breathtaking, costuming fit each character very well, makeup was pleasantly simple, (didn't look like they were trying too hard to make them look without), the sound was nicely balanced, complimentary score, good use of natural light, lights and shadows, believable props, and all this set in the perfect location.

For about the first 5 minutes we were sure that this was going to be a snoozer.

Well written, acted and just a stunning and moving film.

It was slow moving at the start and a tad confusing.

Enjoyable performances, settings, and social story wins out over its minor flaws.

Reaser does a good job at showing how difficult it is learning a new language and there are some scenes that are fairly compelling as Inge and her hard-working farmer-husband learn to love each other.

The basis of the film is the slow, sweet relationship between the stolid Olav and the smart, lively Inge who brings music and even dancing to Olav's quiet bachelor life.

Even my wife enjoyed it.

This movie gets better over time, and though at the time while watching it it didn't seem very memorable, afterwards I found that I really enjoyed it.


The silly plot and the slow pace at which the director tells it have made this movie very dull to me.

A real Bore .

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.

i highly recommend this for filmgoers who want to be touched and immersed.

Yes, it's earnest, well-intentioned, and graced by talented people both in front of and behind the camera, and yes, it's the sort of movie that film festival audiences react to with gushes of praise, but the truth is, this obvious labor of love is glacially paced, awkwardly constructed, and excruciatingly dull.

A labor of (yawn) love .

I highly recommend it!

It is romantic and compelling.

The landscape is vibrant, and the director made full use of colour, unlike many period pieces that are shot in dull sepias.

Cinematographer Dave Tumblety brings out the beauty and splendor of western Minnesota with breathtaking, and cinematically beautiful shots.

The story about two foreigners that get to know each other works better when the story is only 15 pages or so, but gets kinda boring when stretched out to 2 hours.