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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.

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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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Country:

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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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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Paris, France
4 October 2004 | by randalxSee all my reviews

Superb film. The digital gives the footage a nice effect. There were some great tight shots, and then wide angle landscape. A lot of effort has been put into the paranoia paraphernalia of Paul, and the way Wenders brings this out. I simply adored the way Wenders slotted the characters into a simple plot. I thought the character of Lana was a touch stale, but since she was meant to be the pacifist missionary I'm not sure how else the part could have been played. The social conditions present in the story did tend to be a bit reductionist and instructive, but far from annoying. I will agree with previous comments that it will appeal to European audiences more than American. However, I would disagree that the characters would have been like that before 9/11. It is precisely this tragedy that launches Paul into his hyper-paranoia, the beginnings of which emerged after his experience in the Vietnam war. I did laugh many times at Paul's lunacy. While very different characters, I enjoyed following the film through the eyes of both Lana and Paul. This film is ultimately a Wim Wenders comment on the US, pre and post-9/11. He deserves congrats for tackling the subject, and admiration for the way he went about telling some sides of the story. I will prefer this film to any Moore production, any day.


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