After gangster Mulligan's cars colony, fleeing northern justice, finds a hiding place in Alabama, spoiled, naive daughter Grace refuses to travel on after seeing the Manderlay cotton plantation being run under slavery rules, called Mam's law, inclusive flogging. She keeps half of dad's goons as guard to force the dying matriarch-owner's heirs, which she shamelessly dispossesses and reduces to 'staff', to taste destitution under absurd, gun-imposed contracts. The 'slaves' are made free partners, supposed to vote for progress after lessons from Grace. But almost all her democracy-pupils prove fickle, dumb and selfish, except old Willem. Her and their ignorance in Southern planting and crafty Dixie ways means more problems are created then solved. By the time dad returns to pick her up or abandon her for good, she's the one who has learned and changed the most. Written by
First of all,in my opinion,M. is much more powerful movie than Dogville.Bryce Dallas Howard surprised me a lot,though i could't expect bad acting in Von Trier film.Bryce is not so handsome like Nicky but she he possessed some incredible charisma and smile.And she can act better too.
Willem Defoe is always great,even in Spider Man.
I would say that this plot line concerns all steps of American history from cu clux clan to Iraq...It's American mentality to aggressively(with a little help of weapons)persuade other nations to start some new life.
Scene with the bottle of life reminds me of Bush telling that Saddam is having a nuclear weapon.
Grace is definitely a mix of government and mass media --- but with an angel face.
I can't wait for 2007 --- what will be the final statement in Wasington? Fantastic movie --- with dear Wendy and crash --- best in 2005 so far!
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