O Brother, Where Art Thou?


(out of 5)

Set in the rural American south of the thirties, but still retaining the main events from Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey upon which it is based, the Coen Brothers use authentic bluegrass music and Roger Deakins’ golden-hued photography to tell the story of three convicts who escape jail and are on a cross-country journey to get home. The group leader, Ulysses (a brilliant turn by ) wants to get back to his wife Penelope ().  The other two members of the team (John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson) are looking for their futures. In between, Ulysses battles an evil one-eyed con-artist (the Cyclops, played by John Goodman), deals with three mysterious women (the Sirens) washing their clothing by the river and singing a beautiful lullaby, and gets baptized by a church group going to the river (the Lotus Eaters) and never once misses out on the opportunity to prove that he’s “BonAFide!” Hilarious and exciting, ripe with great performances and just the right amount of quirky direction you expect from this brilliant team.

, , , ,

Directed by 

Screenplay by , Joel Coen, based on the epic poem The Odyssey by 

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,

Academy Awards 2000

Cannes Film Festival 2000

Golden Globe Awards 2000

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s