Sweet Land

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Overview

A European exile finds herself a stranger in a strange land when she comes to the United States in this independent romantic comedy-drama. As a man ponders what to do with his family's estate after the death of his grandmother, he thinks back to how she first came to America shortly after World War I. Olaf Tim Guinee is a Norwegian-American farmer looking for a wife to share his home on the Minnesota prairie, and with eligible women in short supply locally, he sends away for a mail-order bride. Inge Ottenberg ...
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Overview

A European exile finds herself a stranger in a strange land when she comes to the United States in this independent romantic comedy-drama. As a man ponders what to do with his family's estate after the death of his grandmother, he thinks back to how she first came to America shortly after World War I. Olaf Tim Guinee is a Norwegian-American farmer looking for a wife to share his home on the Minnesota prairie, and with eligible women in short supply locally, he sends away for a mail-order bride. Inge Ottenberg Elizabeth Reaser soon arrives at Olaf's doorstep, but while she's pretty, smart, and amiable, he's taken aback to discover she's not Norwegian but German, which after several years of anti-German propaganda does not make her popular with her new neighbors. Inge isn't very good with English, making it even harder to keep her background a secret, and the local pastor, Rev. Sorrensen John Heard, is so outraged at the presence of a presumed Hun he refuses to perform their wedding. But Inge struggles to make friends with her new neighbors, in particular Olaf's best friend, Frandsen Alan Cumming, a gadget fancier whose wife, Brownie Alex Kingston, is better with mechanical items than he is. In time, Inge's cheerful nature and love of music begin to make an impression on the community as she shares her favorite tunes on her ever-present gramophone. Sweet Land was the first feature film from writer and director Ali Selim.
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Special Features

Commentary by cast and crew; Sweet Land: A Labor of Love Story featurette; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • UPC: 024543449744
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Reaser Inge Ottenberg
Tim Guinee Olaf
Alan Cumming Frandsen
Lois Smith older Inge
Ned Beatty Harmo
John Heard Rev. Sorrensen
Alex Kingston Brownie
Patrick Heusinger Lars
Paul Sand older Frandsen
Stephen Pelinski older Lars
Jodie Markell Donna Torvik
Tom Gilroy Comrade Vik
Sage Kermes Mae Torvik
Robert Hogan older Olaf
Technical Credits
Ali Selim Director, Producer, Screenwriter
James R. Bakkom Production Designer
Gil Bellows Co-producer
Jim Bigham Producer
Lynn Blumenthal Casting
Randy Bobo Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Cumming Producer
David Dancygyer Co-producer
Edward J. Driscoll Executive Producer
Stephen Hays Executive Producer
Gill Holland Executive Producer
Gary S. Kohler Executive Producer
Lillian LaSalle Executive Producer
Thomas F. Lieberman Executive Producer
Joan Lynn Casting
Eden Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Moore Executive Producer
Mark Orton Score Composer
Thomas Pope Co-producer
Thomas Pope Co-producer
Robin Selim Co-producer
James Stanger Editor
David Tumblety Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweet Land
1. A Death in the Family [:46]
2. 1968 [2:40]
3. Different Kinds of Happy [3:55]
4. 1920 [2:50]
5. No Amundsen [1:50]
6. Inge From Snåsa [3:11]
7. She Is Not One of Us [1:53]
8. The Banker [4:57]
9. We Hace to Be Careful [3:06]
10. A Photo [3:16]
11. Go With Frandsen [1:27]
12. Brownie's Family [2:55]
13. The Outsider [2:58]
14. Pie in Germany [2:03]
15. The Night Visitor [3:28]
16. Olaf's Guest [:48]
17. It's Not Personal [3:16]
18. Just Business [2:29]
19. Church-to-Church [2:30]
20. Fitting In [5:01]
21. Dancing in the Daylight [1:37]
22. God Judges [3:20]
23. Dreams [2:44]
24. The Harvest [2:16]
25. The Law and the Money [2:33]
26. Together [3:49]
27. Letters From Osnabruck [:04]
28. Married in My Heart [3:04]
29. Olaf's in the Field [4:19]
30. A Gravestone Made of Wheat [:46]
31. I Have a Photograph [3:44]
32. End Titles [5:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sweet Land
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Commentary by Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Reaser, Editor James Stanger, Producer Gil Bellows and Writer/Director Ali Selim
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Reaser, Editor James Stanger, Producer Gil Bellows and Writer/Director Ali Selim: On/Off
      Sweet Land: A Labor of Love Story
      Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This film is a reminder during a time of true hard work and hardship in the bread basket. This tale of an arranged marriage, given the circumstances, and stakes, was an excellent viewing. It touched upon tolerance and the power of the church in the community and the penalties of being considered an outcast. An odd couple strive for recognition in the community while their bond develops into somethgin earned and not just arranged. It is a multi language piece and I enjoyed the communication barriers, added much humor and frstration. I haven't seen much of Reaser's work, but she's a hottie in this flick.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I adore this movie.

    The plot is subtle, yet you find yourself completely enthralled. The acting is perfect, and there is just the right balance of humor and emotion. The overall appearance of the movie is amazing. Everything works so beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is worth watching.

    SWEET Land presents what marriage is about: loyalty and commitment. One thing I don't like about this movie is that it is a period movie that has some modern elements that sort of affects the believability of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    People need to know about this wonderful movie.

    Writer and director Ali Selim spent more than a few years trying to get this film made. It's such a sweet,funny, gentle story. The perfect movie for a family movie night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie is a charming story. There is a great insight into the feelings of the time period. If you want a movie that all ages can watch, this is it.

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