With a brutal New York winter as the backdrop, morose folksinger Llewyn Davis struggles to find success and keep his life in order among the blossoming Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties.
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One of the few American films of the last 16 years that possesses the same textured, lived in quality of a novel. The viewer gets the sense that this world and these characters have existed long before the first frame and will continue long after. There's something subversive about the script's notion that frustrated purists who find commercial success elusive may, more often than not, be their own worst enemies.
no offense but.. my absolute favorite? beautiful, depressing cinematography/atmosphere. sad and funny at the same time. left me devastated. i loved everything about it, oscar isaac is PHENOMENAL the academy is constantly snubbing him and the fact that he didn't get at least a golden globe for this performance is beyond me i'll never stop talking about this movie
I like stories about losers. I like stories about men, in this case with artistic sensibilities, who are lost and trying to get back "home." The film echoes Homer's Odyssey--I caught a few allusions i.e. cat named Ulysses, a road trip, traveling bards, music as form of storytelling etc. Also, great music and cinematography!! Oscar Issac continues to impress--really does remind me of Pacino at times.
Like no other film, this leaves me, like it does Llewyn Davis, with a deep and aching pain. Hard defeats and painful mourning never tasted so bittersweet as it does in this, which is in the high running ground for the Coen's definitive masterpiece. It’s amazing how good something so sorrowful can feel. A perfect sense of melancholia mixed with that unique humor and dark eyed wisdom. Oscar Isaac is superb.
A total masterpeice. Every second is laboured over on all levels of filmaking yet the script remains it's heart. Mysterious & soulfull, approached with a romantic-fairytale distance on the period. I slot it in with Barton Fink and A Serious Man in a trilogy of my favourites. I love the intmacy of these 3 yet something greater than the charecter is at play, but 'Llweyn' has a heart full of soul above them all. 5/5
A structural film about potentialities. We travel back and forth on the monotonous road of life without knowing the "what if"s of the choices we didn't make. Yet sometimes there's a rift in this circularity which gives us a chance at redemption. It's got the scope of Nashville but the form of a chamber piece. And finally, it's given cinematic history a new tool in the language of film: Behold the cat's-eye-view!
It's moving that the Coen brothers, at their height and following up a big Hollywood western, would make a quiet picture that pays tribute to those artists who may be masterful but are forever destined to be on the margins of fame and fortune. Its capturing of the downtrodden artist, along with the circular narrative, feels very right for a flick with so much folk music.