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Land of Plenty
After years of living in Israel, a young woman returns to the United States to search for her only living relative, the brother of her deceased mother. Penniless, armed only with her winning optimism and the fearlessness born of youth, Lana ends up living in a mission in downtown Los Angeles. There she sets out to find her reclusive uncle, an obsessive loner fixated on weeding out people he thinks are dangerous to the state. When the two finally meet, their lives overlap and intersect, taking us in strange and surprising directions.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wim Wenders' first fiction featurefeature since 2000's The Million Dollar Hotel, rocky but respectable Land of Plenty proves the helmer often does better with low budgets, fast schedules and young collaborators."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"The flawed, fascinating Land of Plenty is easily Wenders' most vital work in more than a decade."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Major tragedy that September 11th has gone from horrifying to exploited... to, now, really freakin' boring German films about deserts and campervans."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"not exactly lazy filmmaking, but it's hard to give it your complete attention"
‑ Christopher Null,
"These intriguing characters and some gorgeous (for digital video) footage keep you involved, even as the plot meanders."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It casts a spell of compassionate humanity with a gently healing effect."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Wenders handles America's physical landscape with characteristic clarity. But he never gets a handle on the trickier political terrain and so, like Uncle Paul, ends up chasing too many roads to nowhere."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"About as unconvincing as any Hollywood film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Only when the lessons end and characters become simply individuals trying to connect and communicate in the desolate landscape of a forgotten America does the film resonate."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Land of Plenty isn't for everyone, but patient viewers will be rewarded with a poignant look at life in America today."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Hampered by an ending that overreaches needlessly, the film is nevertheless worthy and unmistakably the effort of an enduringly distinctive and important filmmaker."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Land of Plenty has a few too many coincidences and tends to be sugary, but it has an important precautionary message in this age of terror."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Deftly balances its viewpoints and pulls them off with a minimum of outrage or sermonizing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There are some fine performances, as well as a surprising, well-earned and emotional pay-off that comes at the end."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Michelle William's warm, emphathic presence made Wim Wenders' new 9/11 film into a truly watchable film."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
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