Inside Llewyn Davis


Inside Llewyn Davis

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Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.



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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making. (c) CBS


Oscar Isaac
as Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan
as Jean Berkey
John Goodman
as Roland Turner
Garrett Hedlund
as Johnny Five
F. Murray Abraham
as Bud Grossman
Ethan Phillips
as Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett
as Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella
as Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson
as Mel Novikoff
Adam Driver
as Al Cody
Stark Sands
as Troy Nelson
Alex Karpovsky
as Marty Green
Helen Hong
as Janet Fung
Bradley Mott
as Joe Flom
Michael Rosner
as Arlen Gamble
Bonnie Rose
as Dodi Gamble
Jack A. O'Connell
as Elevator Attendant
Ian Jarvis
as Cromartie
Diane Findlay
as Receptionist
Ian Blackman
as Studio Man
Steve Routman
as Abortion Doctor
Amelia McClain
as Oasis Waitress
James Colby
as Cop On Road
Charlotte Booker
as Chicago Waitress
Mike Houston
as Train Station Cop
Samuel Haft
as Man in Gate of Horn
Jason Shelton
as Youth in Car
Frank Ridley
as Union Hall Man 1
John Ahlin
as Union Hall Man 2
Jake Ryan
as Danny
Declan Bennett
as Irish Singer
Erik Hayden
as Additional Irish Singer
Daniel Everidge
as Additional Irish Singer
Jeff Takacs
as Additional Irish Singer
Nancy Blake
as Elizabeth Hobby
Stephen Payne
as Mr. Hobby
Benjamin Pike
as Young Bob
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  • Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers' rhapsodic portrait of a '60s folk singer.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The unreliable, brooding Llewyn is a prickly sort, making it a challenge for his industry - and movie audiences - to fully embrace him. And yet, the talent is undeniable.

    Jan 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can't really appreciate what you've seen until it's over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.

    Dec 24, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The broad, black humor of the Coens' early features has ripened over the years into a sadder, more philosophical brand of comedy (A Serious Man) that puts them in a class with Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch (yeah, you heard me).

    Dec 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Coen brothers have crafted another unique period piece.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Inside Llewyn Davis

  • Sep 13, 2017
    The Coen Brothers helm another musical piece ("O Brother Where Art Thou"), that uses the music as a backdrop to assess the American reality versus the American Dream. Their hero is honest to a fault, an ugly fault (and aware of that same, and proud of it) earnestly trying to live to a higher standard, failed by the people around him, and worst, failed by his own weaknesses. Remember those pictures by Margaret Keane of sad, big eyed waifs caught in eternal drift? This is the cinematic equivalent, and indeed, the spirit is touching.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    One of my favourite movies. Great performance from Oscar Isaac who carries whole movie. Movie is filled with great songs and some funny moments. Cinematography is beautiful. Wonderful movie, it is a must see. It is a modern classic.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2016
    Even when they aren't making all-time classics, films by the brothers Coen are still entertaining or interesting, well "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the first I would categorize as boring. Given their previous affinity shown for 1930s bluegrass music in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" it should come as no surprise that they have a similar affection for 1950s & '60s pre-Dylan folk music which takes center stage throughout this film, I would say nearly a dozen songs are performed to near completion. That's an awful lot of music to sit through in any movie if you're not as enamored as the filmmakers, I find it pleasant but also pretty dull. Similarly, the story of Llewyn Davis is also fairly inconsequential as he reaches a crossroads in his life, to try and press on as a folk musician or find a more steady income. This is a film about missed opportunities and unfortunate timing, but the Coen's screenplay lacks the arresting, unforgettable scenes we are accustomed to experiencing. Same goes for the absence of memorable oddball side characters, only an elevator conductor and John Goodman as a pompous, insulting asshole stand out, while Carey Mulligan scores a few points with her acidic tone towards Llewyn.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2016
    Darkly funny and melancholic, Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the strongest entries into the Coen brothers resume - and shows it's actors on the top of their form with spectacular performances. The look of the film is also to be admired, with a visual style that is both cold and beautiful.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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