INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garret Hudlund, Justin Timberlake and F. Murray Abraham
Nominated for two Academy Awards!
Grand Prize of the Jury, 2013 Cannes Film Festival
New York, 1962. The downtown folk scene. Solo singers, duos and trios are playing the Gaslight and cutting and releasing records. And the talented, abrasive Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is getting beaten to a pulp in the back alley... again. The picaresque and panoramic film, named after the protagonist's no-sell recording debut, ponders the question: how can someone be an angel when he's singing and playing and a miserable lout the instant the music stops? Like all of the greatest films of Joel and Ethan Coen, this one is many things at once: visually and verbally virtuosic, tonally complex, beautifully constructed, peopled with larger-than-life characters and ultimately magical. With Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and –unforgettably– John Goodman as a foul-mouthed, bombastic jazz musician. The glorious score of folk standards was loving curated and executive produced by T. Bone Burnett. (Courtesy of New York Film Festival)
DIR/SCR/PROD Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; PROD Olivier Courson, Robert Graf, Ron Halpern, Scott Rudin. US, 2013, color, 105 min. RATED R