Roundup: What Nebraskans make of 'Nebraska'

Posted by · 5:46 am · December 2nd, 2013

Since its Cannes premiere, Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” has more or less divided critics into two camps: those who accept it as a wry but essentially loving study of small-town manners and mores in the director’s home state, and those who see it as something rather more patronizing and misanthropic than that. (I’m in the latter camp.) Steven Zeitchik goes to Norfolk, Nebraska — where much of the film was shot — and finds residents there similarly mixed on its merits. Many are approving: one enthuses that “now the world will get to see” the divisions that exist in their society. Another, however, voices reservations about what he sees as the film’s use of unfavourable stereotypes. Payne’s response? “People want to say it’s condescending? Let them say that. This is my love letter to the state of Nebraska.” [LA Times]

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