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Inside Llewyn Davis
In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Glossing over the Coen's filmography confirms my immediate sentiment after finishing Inside Llewyn Davis. I have never been moved by one of their films. That is not what they do. They craft tales that shy the beaten path, fill them with semi-human characters and embrace the style they are working in wholeheartedly.
Inside Llewyn Davis has all the hallmarks of a Coen film. With one trump up its sleeve causing me to allow this film to grip me, shake me and leave me the same way it leaves its protagonist. With a wry smile and an empty heart. That trump is Llewyn Davis and his portayer, Oscar Isaac, who gives one of the best performances of that year.
I'll keep this short (I love how I say it as if all of my reviews are incredibly in-depth and lengthy) since I feel like I'll be passing out from exhaustion at any moment, but finally got around to watching this. I've been looking forward to seeing the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis ever since I first heard about it, which is usually how it is for me whenever they have a new film coming out. But this is definitely my favorite film of theirs since No Country For Old Men back in 2007 (not saying that I didn't enjoy everything in-between).
I feel like pretty much everything about it this film is perfect, to me at least. Despite it's…
Like many of their protagonists, the Coen brothers make films that aren’t always easy to love. Although a great admirer of the duo and their unique brand of cinema there are only a handful of their films that I truly adore and most of those took more than one viewing to appreciate. As such it might take me a while to decide where Inside Llewyn Davis sits amongst the rest of their work even if its undeniable qualities shine through from its opening moments.
Loosely inspired by a chapter in the life of folk singer, Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis is a melancholic journey through the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ‘60s following the titular Llewyn Davis,…
An odyssey through cigarette smoke, carrying a lonely soul from couch to couch and from disappointment to disappointment. Chilly, wintry cinema, packed with typical Coens humor (I could listen to Mulligan rant about condoms for days) but also distanced from the crisp time-period that it's depicting. Like the Coen Brothers have said, there's no need to parody the folk genre as everything is right up there on the screen, but there's still a plethora of swelling comfort and unwelcoming depression to be found, sliding a detailed character study into the aura of a peculiar environment. My favorite Coen Brothers film, and if I had to pick one reason why, I'd point you to the moment where an orange tabby cat experiences the rush of the subway for the first time, following the rapid lights as they strobe into oblivion.
Inside Llewyn Davis plays like a real-time thought process of a damaged and longing soul. The title alone may be the most literal title ever to be given to a Coen brothers' film - the film is truly inside Llewyn's mind. His mind is how we see his world and his world is a weaving, incomplete and constantly unsettled pieces of a contemplative puzzle, held together by nothing more than the next thought or meditation. It's lost, but in a way we're here to find it as it beautifully pits a human crossroad into quiet beauty of the highest order.
The film begins and ends with the simple question of who would beat up a folk singer, but through it…
"Llewyn is the cat."
Even richer on second viewing. I feel you could watch this movie 100 times and not reach bottom. I laughed more, and I was moved more, and one performance choked me up more.
Someone needs to do a video essay putting the opening and closing scenes side by side, comparing and contrasting each shot and line reading, and examining what's changed and what stays the same, and why.
Hay gente que dice que aquí no pasa nada y que, además, cree que el gato, Ulises, se llama así por casualidad. Dylan tampoco le coge el teléfono a esa gente.
Mi favorita de los Coen. La banda sonora y la fotografia son excelsas y sirven en bandeja de plata que esta historia sobre los sueños rotos sea una obra que debe verse al menos una vez en la vida.
Recomiendo verla cuando se tenga un buen día.
Wunderbar existenzialistische Tragikomödie voll wunderbar lebendiger Figuren - so was können anscheinend im Moment nur die Coens.
No wonder he won the Nobel Price for most pungent musk.
Discussion Questions for October 19th
Portal: In every chamber, there is an observation window, but no one ever seems to be in it. What is this supposed to make the player feel? What position does that put the player in?
Inside Llewyn Davis: There are two different, very similar cats and we are lead to believe that Llewyn hits and maybe kills one of them. How does this mirror what he is going through in his life? Do the cats symbolize the same thing or different things?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I know I give too many movies five stars on here, but there's just so many great ones out there especially when they're made by such masters as the Coen Brothers.
Also, why are there people who think this movie has no arc? He literally goes through a self-realization in the last ten minutes and then sees a poster for the movie "The Incredible Journey" and then he makes amends with almost all the people he wronged. How can the Coens be any more obvious with you people?!
Portal: The purpose of portal is to view the world through two different perspective. Since with the handheld gun you can make your portal, are you in a sense making your own two realities/worlds?
Film: I am not understanding the purpose of the car ride scene in the movie. Were they essential to the path that Llewyn was on, because they were never really addressed after that?
1. How was the way Llewyn Davis treated throughout the film, help your understanding of the narrative?
2. What was the narrative structure of this film?