Sweet Land - A Love Story
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Top Customer Reviews
Though the time of the story is 1920, the film opens much later in slow motion, only soft music comes from the soundtrack, yet the actors are mouthing words that make us realize we are witnessing the passing of someone important. When the characters begin to speak, the story of remembering what love and trials and experiences years ago were like, transporting us to a station house where we meet Inge (Elizabeth Reaser), a Norwegian/German girl who has come to America to marry a man she has never met, a man who will provide her with home, marriage, and a chance to start afresh. Her 'intended' is Olaf (Tim Guinee) who is shy and unsure of how to make Inge a part of his life: Inge's German background makes her suspect to the townsfolk who fear the course of Germany's power in WW I. Inge speaks no English but has been learning through a common phrase book. Olaf's friend Frandsen (a brilliant role for Alan Cumming), married to Brownie (Alex Kingston) with at least eight children already, helps Inge connect with Olaf. The intended marriage cannot take place with the minister (John Heard) because Inge can't speak English and because she is German...Read more ›
This is a movie that gets deeper and richer each time you watch it. There are so many little details and nuances. The story is so beautifully simple, and the images are so rich that you almost feel like you are watching Inge and Olaf's story first hand. I feld like I was sitting across from Inge on her train ride to Minnesota. I could almost smell the prairie grass of their homestead.
I'm from North Dakota, and this movie created such a sense of nostalgia for me, a reminder of a truly better and simpler time. The musical score is hauntingly beautiful and really adds a lot to the film.
This movie brought me to tears at the beginning, the middle and the end. Overall, its one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
The story itself is great. It's completely simple, but still excellent. I truly enjoyed it. I saw this movie because it was dubbed the new 'Days of Heaven'. But other than the early 1900s farm setting, I saw few similarities. The cinematography was very well done, but still much different than Malick's film. Overall, I would say it was strong in visuals. My biggest complaint about this film was the present-time bookends. The meat of the story was a complete and beautiful film all by itself. The first 5-10 minutes and the last 5-10 minutes should have been cut. They were cliche and really did not match the tone of the rest of the film. Had those parts not been included, this movie is a 10/10.
Sweet Land is one of the best films of 2006 and you will be glad you saw it. If possible, see it with a significant other. It's a very rare 'real' love story, and well worth a viewing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very sweet earthy and clean romance set in the early 1900s, very cleverly illustrating struggles with language barriers and intercultural fears and biases due to recent political... Read morePublished 24 days ago by PJ
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This is a great movie. This is one story out of thousands of Americans who came to this country from Europe. Read more