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Land of Plenty (2004)

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A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.

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The American daughter of missionaries Lana returns to Los Angeles from Palestine to work in a mission helping homeless people. Lana was born in Ohio and raised in South Africa and Middle East, and she is an authentic citizen of the world, connected through Internet and aware of how other people see the lack of culture and knowledge and exaggerated patriotism of average American people. Her unique relative is her unknown uncle Paul, a veteran of Vietnam War that cut relationships with his family and is bigot and paranoid. Paul lives in a surveillance van, lives as if he were a secret agent, sees conspiracy and terrorist cells everywhere, and has a great prejudice against Arabs and other non-American breeds after the September, 11th. They meet each other, and when they see the murder of a poor Pakistanis nearby the mission, they travel together to the small town of Trone to deliver his corpse to the family, where Paul sees a different reality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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7 October 2004 (Germany)  »

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Angst and Alienation in America  »

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$3,842 (Hong Kong) (1 July 2005)
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When Lana and Paul are talking on the roof, a sign can be seen in the distance reading "The New Million Dollar Hotel". This can be seen as a reference to Wim Wenders' film The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), but the hotel is actually right next to Skid Row, where most of this film was shot. See more »

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When Henry picks Lana up from the airport, a member of the crew is visible in the rear window of his pickup truck, holding a bounce board to reflect light on the actors. See more »

Quotes

Paul: They're trying to destroy our country. They're trying to infect us. I'm not going to let them.
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References The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) See more »

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The Sound of My Life
Written by Thom (as Thomas Hanreich) and Nackt (as Patrick Christensen)
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Something Missing Here
29 September 2004 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

Wim Wenders is a great director and a really honest artist. What he lacks though is a real feel for the US....Going back to his early use of Dennis Hopper, woefully miscast as Tom Ripley, in Our American Friend, Wenders has a weakness for clichés about America rather than finding the real thing. This movie doesn't change that fact. What is essentially a tone poem about the loss of innocence (and maybe common sense) in post 9-11 America turns into a melancholy family drama about two lost souls who would probably have been just as lost before 9/11 as after it. Europeans might find the American 'types' portrayed in this film a validation of how they view the U.S. but most thoughtful Americans will probably be irritated by the simple reductions of the characters. I found Michelle Williams particularly annoying for some reason...maybe it was her blind faith or maybe it was just her complete lack of edge...they don't make women like that in America these days and probably never did. I really admire Mr. Wenders for tackling this subject as American filmmakers seem not to have the courage to do so themselves. In the end though, this is more a European film that will appeal to Euro audiences...whereas it would have been a better project if it were directed more this way. (I saw the film in Paris last week.)


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