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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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At a public screening director Wim Wenders revealed that, just after his film Don't Come Knocking (2005) was delayed for a year, he found himself with plenty of time and the urge to shoot. He developed a treatment in just 3 days, worked on the screenplay for 3 weeks with the cast and crew and directly after that shot the entire movie in just 16 days. 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 21 Grams (2003) See more »

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The Land Of Plenty
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Plenty Provoking
19 January 2005 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Somewhere in Trona, a near-ghost town you pass through on the road to Death Valley, the full extent of Uncle Paul's delusions is demonstrated. And at that same moment, I realized he was the personification of post-9/11 America, raging, raving, striking blindly at false targets, and kidding ourselves that we are safer now that we've invaded Iraq without justification and reelected the worst U.S. president in history. The film promises there may be some hope for us. But only if we have the courage to stand on the edge of the abyss. The line that resonated most for me was that the 3,000 innocent people who died in 9/11 could not have wanted their deaths to lead to more dying. This movie was a masterpiece. It finally offered me a way to think about 9/11 and subsequent events without making me crazy and despairing.


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