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Manderlay

  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Lars von Trier
  • 132 mins
  • 15

Summary

A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Writer/director Lars von Trier goes for the American jugular with this second drama in his USA trilogy. Resuming the story where Dogville left off, in 1933, it sees gangster's daughter Grace (The Village's Bryce Dallas Howard, competently replacing Nicole Kidman) forcibly liberating an Alabama cotton plantation that still relies on slavery 70 years after Abolition. What follows is a lazy attack on US democracy and culture, as Grace's naive attempts to make amends for the black slaves' abuse have terrible consequences. Technically, the feature excels, with its sparse, Brechtian style emphasising the compelling performances. But, while the fable's bitter ironies are wryly effective, the overall project lacks its predecessor's startling power. By swapping innovation for cheap provocation, von Trier reduces complex racial and behavioural issues to simplistic plot devices. It's disappointing from such a capable film-maker, particularly when the movie's strongest element is its unsettling end credit sequence, depicting images of real-life oppression.

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Credits

Cast

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GraceBryce Dallas Howard
Grace's fatherWillem Dafoe
WilhelmDanny Glover
TimothyIsaach de Bankole
ThomasMichael Abiteboul
MamLauren Bacall
Mr RobinsonJean-Marc Barr
BertieGeoffrey Bateman
EdvardVirgile Bramly
BingoRuben Brinkman
NielsJeremy Davies
Old WilmaMona Hammond
NarratorJohn Hurt
Dr HectorZeljko Ivanek
Mr KirspeUdo Kier
PhilomenaChloë Sevigny

Crew

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DirectorLars von Trier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2006-03-03
Languages
English | Danish
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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