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May 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska immediately entered the frontrunner ranks at the Cannes Film Festival competition — a portrait of a Montana family in which the patriarch, played by Bruce Dern, is showing repeated signs of dementia and his son, played by Will Forte, wants to connect with the man before he loses it completely. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times wrote, “The characters in Nebraska are at times ridiculous. They’re also warm, cruel, generous, selfish — in other words, recognizably human.” In Britain’s Guardian newspaper Peter Bradshaw wrote, “Nebraska may not be startlingly new, and sometimes we can see the epiphanies looming up over the distant horizon. … But it is always funny and smart.” Even the negative comments about the movie are impressive. Kaleem Aftab in the London Independent concludes: “It is visually and dramatically very well realized, and will likely get a Best Picture Oscar nomination, yet this feels like a director working within himself.”