Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Coen brothers' dramedy set against the 1960s New York/Greenwich Village folk scene, loosely based on the travails of singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk. Stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac (Drive) in the lead. Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2013.

Struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Isaac) has lost his musical partner Mike to suicide and his foray into being a solo musician with the album Inside Llewyn Davis is selling poorly. Davis spends his nights on friends' couches and his days trying to score his big break. Finding himself variously in the middle of a love triangle with friends Jim (Timberlake) and Jean (Mulligan); on the road to Chicago with fellow musicians; or getting beaten up outside music venues, this is one tough week in the life of Llewyn Davis.

Grand Prix winner at Cannes Film Festival 2013
2013Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language104 minsUSA
DramaMusic
Director:
Ethan CoenJoel Coen ('No Country For Old Men', 'The Big Lebowski', 'Fargo', 'A Serious Man', 'Barton Fink', 'Miller's Crossing')
Writer:
Ethan CoenJoel Coen
Cast:
Carey MulliganJustin TimberlakeJohn GoodmanOscar IsaacGarrett HedlundAdam Driver

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

With Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen once again demonstrate their position as cinema’s most consistently reliable purveyors of cultural specificity, here taking us on a tour through the pre-Dylan boho stomping grounds of the early-’60s folk scene in New York. Narratively it seems to suggest a meeting point between the nightmarish, existential and creative struggles of Barton Fink and the old-timey Southern folk vernacular of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but that doesn’t even begin to capture the misty, lovely melancholia evoked here.

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Variety

Variety

Inside Llewyn Davis is a revelatory showcase for Isaac, who sings with an angelic voice and turns a potentially unlikable character into a consistently relatable, unmistakably human presence — a reminder that humility and genius rarely make for comfortable bedfellows.

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Time Out

Time Out

But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A brilliant magpie's nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Plays like an elegy. Its conclusions are more regretful than angry.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

A flawless piece of classic Coen brothers cinema, exquisitely timed and told by all. Quite possibly their finest work yet.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This is a gorgeously made character study leavened with surrealistic dimensions both comic and dark.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Inside Llewyn Davis throbs with melancholy, hunches under heavy skies, revels in music history's unsexiest scene and unapologetically leaves you dangling. It is also beautiful, heartfelt and utterly enthralling.

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