Sweet Land

Sweet Land

Sweet Land
When Lars Torvik’s grandmother Inge dies in 2004, he is faced with a decision – sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land.

Flashback to: Inge arrives in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Alone and adrift, Inge goes to live with the family of Olaf’s friend and neighbor Frandsen and his wife Brownie, where she learns the English language, American ways, and a hard-won independence.

Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other, and fall in love. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister. But when his friend Frandsen’s farm is threatened by foreclosure, Olaf takes a stand, and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

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Sweet Land was like watching paint dry – only not as interesting because there were no fumes to induce halloaecinagenic visions. I spent the first half waiting to be interested, to be gripped by immigrant tales of overcoming adversity and prejudice to triumph in a grand, painterly Mid West landscape. I was urging some gritty undercurrent to take me away into a magical filmic land, but instead I was left gagging to get out of there, and had I not been reviewing I would have fled the theatre.

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Sweet by name and sweet by nature

A great little film. A German immigrant arrives in rural America for an arranged marriage in the post world war one time period. Made welcome-I think not. Nice insight into the times and place. A story of love.

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Intelligently written, brilliantly cast and thesped story of a German mail order bride in a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota just after WWI never hits a wrong note...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The film’s guileless, heartfelt style veers perilously close to corniness at times, but the superb cast dares you to mock....

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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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...

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Salon

Salon

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It's winsome, sentimental and lovely in a minor-key way...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A type of American independent we don't see often enough...

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Sweet Land was like watching paint dry – only not as interesting because there were no fumes to induce halloaecinagenic visions. I spent the first half waiting to be interested, to be gripped by immigrant tales of overcoming adversity and prejudice to triumph in a grand, painterly Mid West landscape. I was urging some gritty undercurrent to take me away into a magical filmic land, but instead I was left gagging to get out of there, and had I not been reviewing I would have fled the theatre.

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Intelligently written, brilliantly cast and thesped story of a German mail order bride in a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota just after WWI never hits a wrong note...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The film’s guileless, heartfelt style veers perilously close to corniness at times, but the superb cast dares you to mock....

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

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...

0
Salon

Salon

press

It's winsome, sentimental and lovely in a minor-key way...

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A type of American independent we don't see often enough...

0

Sweet by name and sweet by nature

A great little film. A German immigrant arrives in rural America for an arranged marriage in the post world war one time period. Made welcome-I think not. Nice insight into the times and place. A story of love.

5.0
0