Magazine article New Internationalist

Inside Llewyn Davis

Magazine article New Internationalist

Inside Llewyn Davis

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Inside Llewyn Davis (105 minutes) written, directed and co-produced by Joel and Ethan Coen

Llewyn is a folk singer. Committed, massively talented, he plays small venues around Greenwich Village, New York. But his commitment to his art comes at a cost - he sleeps on other people's floors, cadges food. He's a good guy at heart but, chronically dependent on friends and associates, he's not happy. He loves real folk music but the music business doesn't. Not yet anyway. Not in 1961. So, shit poor, tired, unacknowledged, he's a pretty melancholic soul.

It's always hard to predict exactly what you'll get with a new Coens film and this, their most serious character study, is like Llewyn himself: downbeat and melancholic. But the film, unlike Llewyn, articulates what he can't. It's a song of praise to the artist's sense of responsibility, but at the same time, a cruel, comic view of what it takes. …

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