Cinema: First-Class Passage

THE EMIGRANTS

Directed by JAN TROELL

Screenplay by JAN TROELL and

BENGT FORSLUND

The land is harsh, the people poor and desperate. In the early 1850s a group of Swedes from the province of Smaland pack their few belongings and emigrate to America in hope of a better life. There, Karl Oskar (Max von Sydow) stakes out a fine farm for himself, his wife (Liv Ullman) and family in the Minnesota woods.

A rigorously simple and familiar saga, The Emigrants is made eloquent through the tone and the telling. Director Jan Troell gives life and...

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