Ne­braska (2013)

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE -

Avail­able now Though shot in arty black and white and fea­tur­ing some starkly beau­ti­ful im­ages of the US Mid­west, Ne­braska is not just a study of a spe­cific place but an exquisitely ob­served drama about fam­ily life. It be­gins in Mon­tana, where the el­derly Woody (Bruce Dern) has re­ceived a let­ter telling him he has won a mil­lion dol­lars in a pub­lish­ing sweep­stake. His fam­ily are fully aware that this is some kind of mail­ing scam, but when Woody makes sev­eral at­tempts to make the jour­ney by foot, his son Davey (Will Forte) agrees to drive him to the nearby state cap­i­tal to col­lect his “win­nings”.

Af­ter some colour­ful dis­trac­tions, Davey and his fa­ther spend the night in Woody’s old home­town, which is where this lovely and, at times, poignant com­edy finds its feet.

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