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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
John Hurt
Bryce Dallas Howard
Danny Glover
Willem Dafoe
Isaach de Bankole
Lauren Bacall
Directors
Lars von Trier
Screenwriters
Lars von Trier
Running Time
139 minutes

Manderlay
Lars von Trier's sequel to Dogville.


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Manderlay

Plot
On leaving Dogville with her gangster father (Dafoe), Grace (Howard) stops off at an Alabama plantation with the intention of teaching its once repressed black residents about the benefits and duties of liberty. However, her noble notions prove fraught with naivety when exposed to everyday rural reality.


Verdict
Unstintingly raw and cynical, this disconcerting and deeply affecting State Of The Union treatise regularly comes dangerously close to caricature. But that’s forgiveable — parables often have to jettison subtlety to make their case.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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