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.
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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