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Summary: Manderlay is a plantation where a group of people are living as if slavery hadn't been abolished 70 years earlier. Upon leaving Dogville in 1933, Grace and her father head far south to the state of Alabama where they arrive upon the bizarre place.
at one hand I kept feeling that whereas dogville was an amazing venture into a original way of story-telling with a subtle but extremely well-executed script, manderlay lacked the originality (for obvious reasons) and played in a different league with too obvious points being held high and not the same standards in terms of acting and overall quality to it. on the other hand I couldnt help but smiling at the brilliance of von trier while the ending credits were rolling.
von trier's shit-stirring goes a bit too far in this one, to the point where he really seems to lose sight of any thesis in exchange for "look how provocative i am!" on the plus side, bryce dallas howard is pretty good, if not as good as nicole kidman playing the same character
Not a classic from von Trier, but not terrible either. Although not living up to the previous dogville, it has a certain charm. You certainly feel von Trier is trying to get a message across, but quite what that is, I'm not sure I know. It is thought provoking, and a lot easier to watch (in terms of turn-your-head-away violence) than some of his offerings, but doesn't pack the punch that I've come to expect.
My reaction upon first hearing about this film turned out to be the same as my reaction to finally seeing the film -- why re-utilise Dogville's original style? This makes me wonder if I ever liked Dogville, since this played out like such an intellectual exercise, made all the more grating by the film's smooth, yet flat pacing, the very scripted dialogue, and John Hurt's snidely sarcastic narration (we got it the first time). This film doesn't have nothing to offer, but it's a chore.
Like a retread of Dogville only it's far less effective and rarely transcends its simple provocation. The racial emphasis seems somewhat misguided, perhaps even misinformed, but there are a few memorable scenes that make it worth viewing, especially for Von Trier fans.
Although "Manderlay" never reaches the emotional highs of "Dogville", its carefully structured narrative, well-written dialogue, thematic intrigue and moral implications make it a highly compelling watch. Howard doesn't match Kidman's nuance, but she's a solid substitute. The overall product, however, is hampered by the underwhelming ending, which, unlike the monumental finale of "Dogville", is emotionally muted and marks an obvious attempt to underline the message clearly implied by that point.