Probably the most contained movie Dupieux has made and perhaps that was necessary after his masterpiece Reality which was a marvel of absurdity that folded into itself. This chamber piece of sorts is still delightfully absurd and a constant stream of chuckles though. It's pretty wonderful that someone is allowed to make this kind of comedy without wide commercial appeal but too silly to fit in at the smaller arthouse cinema.
Fun surrealism with a double-edged DIY sensibility. The premise of a Heavenly Creatures screwed up by a third wheel, which according to stereotype is toxic in female friendship, is taken to entertainingly disturbing extremes. Unfortunately the movie keeps twisting around the same pivot too many times instead of developing the creative ideas, and the actors are not strong enough to keep it interesting when the story doesn't.
The homage to Scorsese's The Big Shave is a fun bonus though.
The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.
The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…
I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…