A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 46 wins & 172 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Llewyn Davis
Carey Mulligan ... Jean
Justin Timberlake ... Jim
Ethan Phillips ... Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella ... Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson ... Mel Novikoff
Jeanine Serralles ... Joy
Adam Driver ... Al Cody
Stark Sands ... Troy Nelson
John Goodman ... Roland Turner
Garrett Hedlund ... Johnny Five
Alex Karpovsky ... Marty Green
Helen Hong ... Janet Fung
Bradley Mott ... Joe Flom
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Follow 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. Written by Production

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The picture of Llewyn's musical partner on the duo's album cover is actually of guitarist Chris Eldridge, who appears on the film's soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

Not only does the cover of the "Timlin and Davis" album shown near the beginning of the film recall the cover of "Inside Dave Van Ronk"; we can see that the liner notes are about Van Ronk. See more »

Quotes

Llewyn Davis: What is his thing?
Jim: Huh?
Llewyn Davis: Him. Troy.
Jim: Wonderful performer.
Llewyn Davis: Is he?
Jim: Wonderful.
Llewyn Davis: Does he have a higher function?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits is an image (in Hebrew and English) declaring the film "Kosher for Passover". See more »

Connections

References O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)
Traditional
Duet arranged by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac, and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
Solo version arranged by T Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac
Performed by Oscar Isaac
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Marvellous musical masterpiece
4 February 2014 | by paultreloar75See all my reviews

There have been movies made about musicians, both real and imagined, from End of the Century through I'm Not There, taking in The Future is Unwritten and A Mighty Wind. We've had almost every conceivable approach, from straight-up documentary through imagined version of events as well as completely invented bands, singers, songs, and concerts. Yet, I don't think that anyone has ever managed to do what the Coen Brothers have produced with this tragic, comedic, touching piece.

Which is to essentially transport you into the grooves of an LP, Inside Llewyn Davies, and bring you a beautifully realised portrayal of the eponymous hero as he trudges his weary way through the greys and greens of Greenwich Village in a cold New York. And it is so reminiscent of the experience of listening to your favourite vinyl album from track one, side one to the final track of side two, whilst curling up on the couch with a cat in your lap, listening to a selection of melodic, melancholic, traditional, and new folk music.

The music binds this movie together and Oscar Issac inhabits the title role in a world-weary way that aches with ennui and longs for something never expressed. We follow his tramping travails through a range of vignettes that build subtly towards creating a quite compelling picture of the man behind the music. He sometimes does what we expect and at other junctures, veers off in a mad new direction. There is little explanation for any of the decisions that he does, or doesn't, take. He's searching without any clear idea of the quest.

Along the way, we meet a wonderfully diverse bunch of supporting characters, from the biting Jean, acerbic tongue and acid looks, through the snoring bully Roland Turner and his valet Johnny Five, as well as Mitch and Lilian, the Upper West posh couple, but especially Ulysses, our hero's apparent companion over the week (or was s/he?). They all offer opportunities to understand Davies' psyche slightly more, albeit admitting that not even he appears to be fully cognisant himself.

It's a lovely looking film, beautifully shot and much more enjoyable that I would have believed possible from watching the trailer previously. T Bone Burnett has done a sterling job on the soundtrack, it's so affecting and the way that the songs are all allowed to play out saw the audience in the cinema in which I saw this mainly remaining seated through the end credits as well. Which brings me back to the vinyl album sensation. You don't pick up the needle when your favorite record is playing the final track, because you want to get on with something else instead. No. You let it run right to the end of the groove and then your heart fills with an equal mixture of pleasure and joy, sorrow and sighs, as the last bars fade to quiet and all that's gone before becomes a memory that's so strong and so addictive that you want to turn it over and put the needle back into the groove all over again.

This movie is precisely like that sensation and I loved it, from first frame to last. A quiet understated tragi-comedy, dark in places, and shadowy in others, but with a humanity and a compassion that you cannot avert our gaze from. Hell, it's even got a coda of a scene to be dealing with, which at the end takes your mind back to the start of the production and forces one to reexamine what has just passed before your eyes. Recommended.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside Llewyn Davis See more »

Filming Locations:

Medford, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$405,411, 8 December 2013

Gross USA:

$13,235,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,960,249
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1.85 : 1
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