"Three stars (PG)

Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty Alan Cumming

Beautiful, uncluttered, well-composed landscapes of rural Minnesota form the backdrop for an interesting, unusual story, told in flashback, about what happens when German mail order bride Inge Ottenburg (Reaser) arrives in a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota just after WWI. The road for Inge and her intended husband, an earnest farmer named Olaf (Guinee), is rough. Even though the war is over, many neighbors remain suspicious of Germans, especially ones who can only speak a few words of English. Nicely cast and well acted without excess sentiment. 111 minutes.

DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track with director Ali Selim, actors Elizabeth Reaser and Tim Guinee, producer Gil Bellows and editor James Stanger, plus a featurette.

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