Nebraska looks like a quirky good time, and while there are a good share of laughs to be had, the film itself is actually a fairly depressing ride. Alexander Payne really takes his time unfolding the unfortunate story of Woody Grant, and along the way he makes sure you feel sorry for him, any old person you know, and the future elder version of yourself. It’s all a little tough to watch, but I do think that in the end…
This is a movie that was really solid ... until the end. In case you don't know, it's about a girl who is kidnapped and forced into a prostitution ring. She then works her way up the "company" in an attempt to escape. Such a story obviously needs a great ending, and Eden just didn't have it. Oh well.
PS - The operation that the bad guys have going in the movie seems like it would never work.
A Separation took home Best Foreign Picture this year, and I can see why. It's an emotionally powerful film with a slew of great performances. Unfortunately, I can't say much of it managed to resonate with me. I blame cultural differences (I'm not exactly religious or well versed in the people of Iran), but also because there isn't a second of it that isn't exhausting. See it because you should, but don't expect it to change your life.
PS - You might learn something about yourself depending on which character you choose to side with.