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Bridal Party in Hardanger Analysis

This Norwegian silent film tells the story of Marit Skjølte and her struggle to find happiness. Set in Norway during a time when many Scandinavians were emigrating with "America Fever," Marit chooses to stay in Norway and pursue the man she loves, Anders. Marit waits for Anders while he spends time in America, only to discover that upon his return, he chose to marry a different woman in order to acquire land and wealth. Marit marries another man, but struggles with anger about the loss of Anders and what he did to her. In her old age, Marit is forced to choose between continuing to despise Anders for what he did or to forgive him, when her daughter chooses to marry Anders' son. 

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