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Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

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Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)
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The American daughter of missionaries Lana returns to Los Angeles from Palestine to work in a mission helping homeless people. Lana was born in Ohio and raised in South Africa and Middle East, and she is an authentic citizen of the world, connected through Internet and aware of how other people see the lack of culture and knowledge and exaggerated patriotism of average American people. Her unique relative is her unknown uncle Paul, a veteran of Vietnam War that cut relationships with his family and is bigot and paranoid. Paul lives in a surveillance van, lives as if he were a secret agent, sees conspiracy and terrorist cells everywhere, and has a great prejudice against Arabs and other non-American breeds after the September, 11th. They meet each other, and when they see the murder of a poor Pakistanis nearby the mission, they travel together to the small town of Trone to deliver his corpse to the family, where Paul sees a different reality. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0382357/plotsummary)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

The Gospels, preached at a Skid-Row mission, contrast with images of LA's homeless, post-9/11 mistrust, and anti-Muslim violence. Lana cares about the poor - she's just come to LA from the West Bank, staying at a mission. She seeks her uncle Paul, a burned out Agent-Orange-addled Vietnam War vet, now a vigilante security cop, watching for terrorists two years after 9/11, suspicious of everything, including a Muslim carrying boxes of Borax. Lana and Paul drive to Death Valley, Lana to take the body of a murdered homeless Muslim to his brother, Paul to follow the Borax trail. Does family reconciliation resemble something larger? (http://imdb.com/title/tt0382357/plotsummary)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Paul (John Diehl) is a Vietnam vet living in Los Angeles. He lives in a fantasy world all his own, believing that he's helping with national security by tracking suspicious looking people with his surveillance tricked-out van. He operates a camera that comes out of the van's sunroof and records activity around town.

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Michelle (Michelle Williams) is returning from Tel Aviv after years away from the States. Her mother passed away and she's trying to hook up with her last surviving relative in America: Paul. Working at a mission for the poor, she befriends many of its patrons and meets up with a withdrawn Arab-looking gentleman named Hassan (Shaun Taub) who also happens to be one of Paul's prime suspects.

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Paul witnesses Hassan hauling boxes of borax and quickly learns that it is an ingredient for certain bomb materials. On high alert, Paul records everything Hassan does. This brings him closer to his niece, Michelle. But Hassan lives on the street and is eventually shot to death right in front of Paul, making him believe that someone knocked him off for sinister reasons. Michelle is beset with grief about Hassan's death and searches for one of his family members. Eventually finding one near Death Valley, she convinces Paul to drive her and the body to Hassan's brother for burial. Paul agrees in the hopes of gaining more information about who Hassan was and what he was up to.

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

As the nexus between Paul's old Vietnam life and the new one that awaits him with Michelle begins to culminate, we see him battling bad dreams of his time in Southeast Asia but being aided and comforted by Michelle and, to his surprise, by Hassan's death and Hassan's brother. We quickly learn that Paul went down a bad trail after the 9/11 attacks, his mind sparking up old memories in order to protect itself. He lives in his van, which is his life-connection to the world now. But that will change once Michelle teaches him how to trust again.

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)

Wim Wenders-Land of Plenty (2004)