"The New Land"
Directed by Jan Troell
This film continues from where The Emigrants (1971)
left off. Starting a new life in the New World from almost nothing is not
easy. The winters and summers are more extreme than in the Old World. But
the immigrants are rewarded for their hard work. They now live a better
life than they did in Sweden. Bad times also come, however. The civil war
starts and the Sioux Indians make a bloody uprising against the white
settlers. Karl-Oskar's family survives all these. His brother, Robert,
decides to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California. He never
reaches California but acquires some fortune from his boss who dies of
yellow fever on the way to the gold fields. An immigrant Swede dupes him
of this fortune. Robert returns to his brother where he dies from a
disease contracted on the trip. Kristina, whose thoughts never leave
Sweden, has several more births and gets pregnant again against the advice
of her doctor. This last pregnancy kills her. The children grow up and
take over the farm. Karl-Oskar becomes old and lonely. He spends his last
days dreaming of his youth in the Old World.
on locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With Max Von Sydow and Liv
Ullmann. 205 minutes.