Review #357 of 365
Movie Review of Sweet Land (2006) [PG] 110 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Where Viewed: Landmark Chez Artiste, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 4 January 2007
Time: 4:15 p.m.
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DVD Release Date: unscheduled
Directed by: Ali Selim (Emperor of the Air)
Written by: Ali Selim based the short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" by Will Weaver
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone) • Tim Guinee ("The Lost Room") • Alan Cumming ("The L Word") • John Heard ("Prison Break") • Alex Kingston ("ER") • Ned Beatty (Cookie's Fortune)
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"…this story grows as slowly as corn…And, it might nearly be as corny…at times."
The drawbacks to the film, even setting the MTV-fast food generational needs for a rapid-fire movies, this story grows as slowly as corn. It will be knee-high by the Fourth of July by golly. And, it might nearly be as corny as corn at times. To laugh with this film requires a unique sense of humor. Much is made, for example, of the fact that Inge makes her coffee for Olaf too black and wastes, therefore, beans. The casting directors did a brilliant job with Olaf and Inge, but Alan Cummings as Frandsen the father of nine children? Ned Beatty as the villainous banker? These two were just odd. And, while Elizabeth Reaser was gorgeous and fantastic as the pouty German, she's from Bloomington, Michigan, while the supposedly American Brownie was played by Englishwoman Alex Kingston? Why not get a real German actress to play Inge and up the authenticity of the part? Well, whatever, the other problems with the film were the nearly incomprehensible future scenes of a Grandma Inge. Trying to decipher who was who and what was going on in these was a challenge made worse by the attention span required to keep alive during the corn growing parts of the film. At the kernel, this is a simple love story. Two people are brought together and fall in love despite the cultural and language barriers. The town doesn't like it too much. The minister tries to sabotage it best he can, but in the end, love prevails, and that's about it.
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Other Projects Featuring Sweet Land (2006)
Elizabeth Reaser • Tim Guinee • Alan Cumming • John Heard • Alex Kingston • Ned Beatty
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