cinema review: Sweet Land (2006)

Sweet Land is a sweet story told well, shot well, and, mostly, acted well. It's about love, racism, discrimination, commitment, and determination. A Norwegian bachelor farmer in Minnesota has a woman recommended to him by the family back home. Turns out, she's German, which makes her highly unpopular as WW1 just finished. She doesn't have the proper papers and is clueless as to how to not offend her new community. The church won't marry them and the state won't even when they jump through all the hoops. Eventually, the give up and declare themselves husband and wife. The leave a powerful legacy that shapes their grandson. It also shapes the viewers of this movie. Enjoy.

Elizabeth Reaser as IngeImage via Wikipedia

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