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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Echoing Malick's 'Days of Heaven' in the way it captures the majesty of the American countryside, this is a small gem that's worth seeking out."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Terrific acting, a perfectly captured period setting, and a simple, aching farm courtship, that's all Sweet Land is."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Ali Selim's visual masterpiece recalls the stark artistry of Terrence Malick and Western lyricism of Larry McMurtry, as it turns every frame into a picture postcard of stunning beauty."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Nostalgic, gentle, loving: the elegiac mood set against endless rural space inevitably suggests Malick's Days of Heaven. What next from this considerable talent?"
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"Here is a nicely photographed, but bland, insipid and weirdly passive-aggressive little film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A film of uncommon grace, one that transports you to an America that seems innately familiar even though you have never seen it depicted on-screen quite like this before."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Sweet and low-key, Sweet Land is a movie that likely will leave you wishing you liked it more."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Exceptionally photographed and remarkably performed by actors Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Reaser, Sweet Land is modest, but demonstrative, eager to detail a love story that sustains for a lifetime."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Our movie of the week - which isn't saying much - arrives in the shape of this atmospheric slice of Americana about an arranged marriage deep in the heart of rural Minnesota."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Minnesota between the wars is a bone yard for dreams, yet, like Babette's Feast, the film plucks a tiny miracle from stony ground."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"As opposed to the bulk of low-budget films, the look here is lush and beautifully crafted; even the make-up is excellent."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Director Ali] Selim grounds the story so firmly in its characters that he never hits a false note."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"At once epic and intimate, Sweet Land offers a stirring account of love and hardship which, aside from a muffed Capra moment towards the end, hardly puts a foot wrong."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Pleasant surprise of the week, a US indie so unashamedly romantic about pie, cornfields, family and baseball you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a Presidential campaign video."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"Sweet Land could have been mawkish and overly sentimental, but Selim has a light touch and the film is intelligent, sensitive and sweet."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
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