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4,943 Ratings

Inside Llewyn Davis

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, 2013
Drama, Music


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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Inside Llewyn Davis Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Grand Prix

2013 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

As the Greenwich Village folkie with maybe too much integrity, Oscar Isaac’s bitter, befuddled, haunted performance is at the heart of the Coens’ immersive look at the ‘60s folk scene. Here’s a movie that, like its central character, consciously contradicts itself at every turn. The episodic story is filled with wonderful musical performances, which land halfway between pastiche and earnest re-creation.
February 05, 2016
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Like most Coen Brothers movies, the under-appreciated Inside Llewyn Davis is at once cool, funny, and sobering, as well as bracingly clear in its concerns without ever defaulting to stilted exposition. Employing a flock of fine actors and an improbably resilient cat, the Coens use the brutal winter of 1961 to evoke both the cruelty and the refuge of an epochal Greenwich Village, and to probe the varied sources of folk’s steep arc alongside rock ‘n’ roll’s as a cultural force.
January 27, 2016
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This “folk musical,” this “loving re-creation” of the pre-singer-songwriter Greenwich Village music scene of the early sixties, is so finely tuned to daily setbacks and chance reversals and undefinable singularities of mood and behavior that the coherence of straight nostalgia is quickly shattered.
January 19, 2016
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