Danish director Lars von Trier is no scholar in American history, but that doesn't keep him from lecturing all who will listen about corrupt U.S. manners and mores, the belligerence of our worldview, and the persistence of our ingrown racism. In this sequel to the equally polemical Dogville, von Trier posits an Alabama plantation where, seven decades after the end of the Civil War, slavery's still in force and social injustice still rules. This time, the leading lady, Grace, is played by Bryce Dallas Howard instead of the older Nicole Kidman. She takes it upon herself to re-educate the slaves -- with disastrous results. Von Trier fans may find this a provocative allegory about the misuse of American power, enacted in his usual unadorned style; skeptics might see it as uncooked pretension. In any event, it's the second installment of the director's "U.S.A. -- Land of Opportunities" trilogy. (Reportedly, the director has put part three, Washington, on indefinite hold.) Also starring Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, and Chloë Sevigny.
Director: Lars Von Trier
Writer: Lars Von Trier
Producer: Vibeke Windelov
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Isaach De Bankole, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Jeremy Davies, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny and Zeljko Ivanek