Sweet Land (DR 13684)
I liked this movie a lot. It's a quiet film about a Norwegian bachelor and a German mail-order bride who run into trouble in post-WWI Minnesota. When the local minister finds out Inge is German, he won't marry them. So, instead of settling into her new home with a new husband, Inge bunks with the neighbors, a large and rambunctious farm family. Of course, Inge and Olaf learn to love each other, making the task of gaining their community's acceptance more urgent, and when their friends are faced with a crisis they must decide whether to risk everything to stand up for what's right. It's surprisingly timely for a film about farm folks in 1920's America, and Salim somehow manages to keep it sweet and gentle without being cloying or silly. I would recommend.
Reviewed by Marilee