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The Emigrants

The Emigrants (1971)

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Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for

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It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Emigrants is a stately, pictorially romantic chronicle of the lives of a small group of peasants for whom existence at home becomes so tenuous that emigration seems the only solution.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Infinitely absorbing and moving.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the best films to show the tribulations, bravery and faith of the people who helped build this country.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Harsh yet poetic, Jan Troell's epic saga about Swedish emigration to America in the 19th century is superbly acted by Ullmann and Von Sydov, deservedly receiving Oscar nominations for best foreign-language and best picture.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A masterpiece about the other side of immigration.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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The Swedish "Little House" is aided by a European sensibility to be evenly paced and with great subtlety. A tale of a proud but not grandstanding people.
August 13, 2013
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  • The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (DE)
  • The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (UK)
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