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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 ... 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:

Every journey ends at home. 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:

Official site

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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Company Credits

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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

Dan Futterman was originally cast as Olaf, but by the time the movie was ready to shoot, Futterman was committed to Capote (2005) so he recommended Tim Guinee for the role. See more »

Goofs

During the train depot scene, the pendulum of the regulator clock on the wall is not moving yet as the scenes progress, the hands of the clock move from 2:10 to 3:30. Impossible for hands to move without the pendulum as it was not an electric clock and certainly not a quartz movement circa 1920. See more »

Quotes

Postal Clerk: No foreign language letters leave the country.
Young Olaf: Why?
Postal Clerk: We're at war, with Germany.
Young Olaf: So they keep telling me. I tought ve von.
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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

 
gorgeous landscape portrait love story
25 October 2005 | by martin-933See all my reviews

As a total movie addict, I was very surprised after attending a screening of this film to be so overwhelmed by the quality of the photography and the depth of the acting.

The visual images in this film are simple, yet breathtakingly beautiful in their composition. It is a rare masterpiece with amazing use of time, depth and perspective. The development of the romantic tension between the main characters in the love story was so powerful and yet so subtle, that it was like a fresh breath mint on a cold January morning.

The used of time and flashbacks is amazing, and the editing and pace of the movie is very accomplished for an independent, low budget film. I will not be surprised if I hear about this move at Oscar time.


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