Inside Llewyn Davis

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/France, 2013, , , , .  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Academy Awards 2013.  Cannes Film Festival 2013.  Golden Globe Awards 2013.  Gotham Awards 2013.  Independent Spirit Awards 2013New York Film Critics 2013Washington Film Critics Awards 2013.  

Another terrific example of how magical the Coen Brothers can be when they let go their desire to be cute about their favourite movie genres.  This indelibly perfect tribute to the folk music scene in 1960s Greenwich Village has a superb as the title character, struggling and failing to make ends meet between performance gigs and railing against a world not interested in the depth and poetry at the heart of his musical style.  He couch-surfs through the city during a relentlessly cold winter, clashing with acquaintances including more successful and popular singer , whose wife is bitter about her own affair with Isaac.  The main character’s experiences all exist under the shadow of his having become a solo act following the suicide of his musical partner, meaning that Davis not only struggles to find ways to make a living but has to deal with people trying to get him to return to glory days that he cannot access.  A perfect soundtrack, a host of great performances and some of the most beautiful imagery ever seen in a Coen brothers film (not to mention a genuinely adorable cat) make for a hands-down winner.

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