Tuesday, 25 February 2014


director: Alexander Payne
year: 2013
with: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, etc.

plot:  Woody Grant is an obstreperous, hard-drinking man, now elderly and confused, who becomes convinced by a magazine sweepstakes mailer that he has won a million dollars. When he persists in leaving his Montana home in an attempt to walk to Lincoln, Nebraska, and claim his prize, his son David takes him on a road trip that will revisit the sites of his father's youth.

what I liked: It's unbelievably sad without ever being sentimental, it's hilariously funny without being bromidic. And if that is not enough - it's filmed in black and white.

what I didn't like: again, nothing - two great films in one week, lucky me.

verdict: A quiet film that has been stripped to the basics which works wonderfully. Laughed, cried, felt reminded of my own experiences with distant family and wish this film all possible luck for this year's Academy Awards!

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