Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Alexander Payne (The DescendantsElection) directs Bruce Dern and Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte in this father-son comedy drama, shot in black and white. Follows the pair as they road trip from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million dollar sweepstakes prize the father believes he has won. Dern won Best Actor at Cannes 2013, the film was also Palme d'Or nominated.

"Frustrated by his increasing dementia, the father's family debates putting him into a nursing home - until one of his two sons finally offers to take his father by car to claim the prize, even as he realises the futility. En route the father is injured, and they rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past... the film blends professional actors with non-actors and aspires to mirror the mood and rhythms of its exotic locations." (Cannes Film Festival)

Best Actor (Dern) at Cannes Film Festival 2013
2013Rating: M, Offensive language and sexual references110 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne’s latest roadmovie – another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

More than ever Payne allows the humour to rise up gently from his story rather than burst through it.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Hard times are part of the picture, and so are hard people.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Nebraska may not be startlingly new, and sometimes we can see the epiphanies looming up over the distant horizon; the tone is, moreover, lighter and more lenient than in earlier pictures like Sideways. But it is always funny and smart.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally economically parched homeland.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.

5.0
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Like a return trip to Nebraska - you know where you're going and the scenery's nice, but there are no surprises. It has an arty, Americana feel - thanks to being shot in black & white. However, aside from Will Forte's David, the characters feel one dimensional: grumpy old man, crass old lady and grunting hicks.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne’s latest roadmovie – another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

More than ever Payne allows the humour to rise up gently from his story rather than burst through it.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Hard times are part of the picture, and so are hard people.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Nebraska may not be startlingly new, and sometimes we can see the epiphanies looming up over the distant horizon; the tone is, moreover, lighter and more lenient than in earlier pictures like Sideways. But it is always funny and smart.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally economically parched homeland.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.

5.0
0

Like a return trip to Nebraska - you know where you're going and the scenery's nice, but there are no surprises. It has an arty, Americana feel - thanks to being shot in black & white. However, aside from Will Forte's David, the characters feel one dimensional: grumpy old man, crass old lady and grunting hicks.

3.0
0