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(Saga USA – Land of Opportunity part II)
Lars von Trier :: Denmark :: 2005 :: 2h19

After her disastrous stay at Dogville, Grace arrives on the Southern US plantation of Manderlay, which is run as if slavery were still in place. Grace uses her father’s gangster muscle to restructure the farm, ‘liberating’ its inhabitants. The awkward question of ‘Now What?’ turns Grace into a reluctant moralist preacher. A satirical jab at race relations in the New World (American dream – American nightmare theme), as the idealist clashes with the harsh reality. No doubt suggesting that the US has hardly progressed since the age of slavery will not go down too well on the other side of the Atlantic, but all viewers will be rewarded with an aesthetically pleasing and philosophically challenging satire on contemporary ethical discourse.


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