Great direction, earthy realism, most well-played — 4 years ago
Where “Crash” exposed prejudice at the human core, this film does the very same but works at an entirely different level. von Trier lets the viewer pick battles, stand-points and interests from a very big platter, while “Crash” serves tidbits. “Manderlay” succeeds because of a very simple moral story, where Grace continues from “Dogville”, the first film in this series of two, and reaches a villa where a white woman rules negro servants despite the American civil war being over since 70 years. She takes self-manufactured responsibility for paying back what “our people did to yours”, and does indeed pay. This film is multi-faceted, arty in the best sense and little things like the shots of humor through John Hurt’s narration and the impeccable barrage of pictures at the end to that music are brilliant. Symbolism is key. Highly recommendable film.