Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Ethan Coen (2013)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The backbiting New York folk scene of Bob Dylan's 1965 put-down anthem Positively 4th Street is the setting for one of the Coen brothers' most soulful films to date, a low-key, melancholy comedy of sorts about a singer trying to find a balance between artistic integrity and mainstream success. Oscar Isaac stars in the title role, a Greenwich Village performer who is struggling to make it through the winter of 1961 after losing his musical partner. Shuttling between friends' apartments, Isaac abuses everyone's trust - notably the unsuspecting Justin Timberlake, whose wife (Carey Mulligan) he has been seeing behind his back - until the prospect of an audition in Chicago holds the promise of a new beginning. Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coens as deadpan and dry-witted as ever, but it nevertheless hides a rich seam of sadness that comes to the fore whenever Isaac sings. The music choices alone will ensure this haunting, beautifully detailed film will live a long and lasting life.

Summary

An aspiring musician struggles to make a name for himself in the Greenwich village folk scene of early 1960s New York. As he pursues an audition with an influential music mogul, he comes across a series of obstacles - many of his own making. The Coen brothers' drama, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

Cast & Crew

Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac
Jean Berkey Carey Mulligan
Roland Turner John Goodman
Johnny Five Garrett Hedlund
Jim Berkey Justin Timberlake
Bud Grossman F Murray Abraham
Al Cody Adam Driver
Marty Green Alex Karpovsky
Pappi Corsicato Max Casella
Mitch Gorfein Ethan Phillips
Director Ethan Coen
Director Joel Coen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing, some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Jan 2014
Drama