Inside Llewyn Davis
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Country of Origin: USA, UK, France 2013 104 mins.
Released by STUDIO CANAL
'Richly accomplished, poetic, a mesmerising performance from Oscar Isaac and don't forget the cat'.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' echoes of another time and place and follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the New York, Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. It's winter in New York and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is struggling to make it as a folk singer against endless obstacles, some of which are of his own making. He's at the mercy of all, struggling to find work and Llewyn's misadventures take him from crazy Village venues to an empty Chicago club, on an odyssey to audition for music mogul Bud Grossman, and back again. With music performed by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' echoes nostalgia and is an epic film on an intimate scale.
Bruno Delbonnel's cinematography is beautiful and you sense that it almost wants to sink into sepia. 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a richly accomplished film, almost indescribable, a poetic vision that takes to its heart the passion and pain of the artist, bleak and funny with a mesmerising performance from Oscar Isaac. Ignored in the BAFTA and Oscar short lists that ironically is no surprise. It's one of the best of the Coen brothers movies.