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Land of Plenty (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama , War | 7 October 2004 (Germany)
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A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.

Director:

Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders (story), Scott Derrickson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Lana
John Diehl ... Paul
Shaun Toub ... Hassan
Wendell Pierce ... Henry
Richard Edson ... Jimmy
Burt Young ... Sherman
Yuri Elvin Yuri Elvin ... Officer Elvin (as Yuri Z. Elvin)
Jeris Poindexter ... Charles (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Rhonda Stubbins White ... Dee Dee
Victoria Thomas Victoria Thomas ... News Reporter
Matthew Kimbrough ... News Anchor
Paul West Paul West ... Policeman
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ... Coroner's Assistant (as Jeff Parise)
Christa Lang Christa Lang ... Trailer Park Woman
Warren Stearns ... Mortician
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Storyline

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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Drama | War

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USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Angst and Alienation in America See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Performed by Hub Moore
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This is just too painful to watch.
27 September 2007 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

This is a sort of anti-Wenders film. While most of his films are uplifting, beautiful and spiritual, _Land of Plenty_ is a brutal and unpleasant exposé of American paranoia. It's very well done, and it's frighteningly accurate. Still, I can't imagine any Americans will enjoy watching it.

If you're in denial, then you will be offended by this movie (like most of the negative reviewers here). So don't bother.

If you're familiar with the paranoia and bigotry that has enveloped this country then this movie will upset you, just as if you had a big wart on your nose, and someone made a film about it. So don't bother.

I believe the only people who could possibly enjoy this film are objective (non-American) viewers who do not feel the shame that this movie exposes.

I'm rating this film an 8 because it was well done, but I can't recommend it to anyone. It was just too excruciating for me (as it should be for all Americans who share the burden of what our country has turned into). Another film which falls into this category is _House of Sand and Fog_ which one critic called "the feel-bad movie of the year".

This movie made me feel like crap. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch _Lisbon Story_ 1000 times and try to recover from this.


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