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Inside Llewyn Davis

Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

USA, 2013

Cornerhouse, 26 January 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis

An intriguing film, set in the folk scene in Greenwich Village at the start of the ‘60s.

It is not dynamite storytelling by any means, but it does hold one’s attention.  We follow Llewyn Davis, one time a seaman now a singer on the make.  Same or similar events recur: arguments with family and friends, dinner parties, crashing on the couches of acquaintances, musical performances.  The songs are beautiful, Oscar Isaac’s performances hit home. The one time when he sings to his dad is sublime.  This scene may remind some of the story of Dylan visiting Guthrie in hospital and singing ‘Song to Woody’ to him.

Maybe the film maps onto Homer or Joyce, maybe it all takes place in Davis’s head as he lays in an alley dying.  These are things you may want to ponder afterwards.  He undergoes an odyssey of disappointment, any roads.

Meantime it’s no bother at all to enjoy the film.