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PG| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
When Inge Altenberg (Elizabeth Reaser), a young German woman, arrives in rural Minnesota, she meets Norwegian farmer Olaf Torvik (Tim Guinee), a fellow immigrant. Olaf's parents in Norway have arranged for the two to marry, but problems arise when she doesn't have the proper papers. Despite being unwed, the couple lives and farms together, causing a rift with their community. In the face of considerable hardship, Inge and Olaf toil away and grow closer in the process.

Cast: Elizabeth Reaser , Tim Guinee , Alan Cumming , Lois Smith , Ned Beatty , John Heard , Alex Kingston , Patrick Heusinger

Director: Ali Selim

Genres: Drama, Romance

Distributor: Libero LLC

Sweet Land (2005)

Release Date: October 13th, 2006|1 hr. 50 min.

critic reviews ( 19 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • An unusual look at love and how it can unexpectedly develop. Those for whom the concept of an arranged marriage is foreign will get a little history lesson on the immigrant experience watching this sweetly engrossing film. show more

  • Selim's script doesn't hit new territory, but beautiful cinematography takes it just far enough. show more

  • Demonstrating a mastery of the medium that belies his status as a first-time feature filmmaker, writer-director Ali Selim has crafted in Sweet Land a tale of pure Americana that speaks both to the immigrant experience and the nature of love. show more

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