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
The folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who was an inspiration for some of the movie's characters and story, released a 1963 album called "Inside Dave Van Ronk." Its cover was a photo of Van Ronk and a cat standing in a doorway. On the "Fresh Air" NPR interview program, host Terry Gross asked the Coens if that was their inspiration for having a cat in the movie, and they said that not only was it not, but also that they hadn't even noticed the cat on the Van Ronk album cover until they'd completed shooting and an art director pointed out the coincidence during post-production. See more »
Despite being set in 1961, Llewyn passes a poster for Disney's "The Incredible Journey" which was released in 1963. See more »
Well, I could say we should talk about this when you're less angry, but that would be... that'd be... when would that be?
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At the end of the credits is an image (in Hebrew and English) declaring the film "Kosher for Passover". See more »
This is the first film I've feel compelled to write a review on IMDb. There are only a few movies in history that have impacted me as much.
The first time I saw it, it left me feeling empty. While I appreciated the music, the acting, and the cinematography, I couldn't understand why anyone would love this movie. After all, it's just scene after scene of a jerk getting beaten up by life with no plot progression and no real reason to care about any of the characters. I came across the movie again on TV and decided to give it another chance. After the second viewing, I understood what this movie was intending to do and say. After my third viewing of it, it shook me to my core.
This movie is almost too realistic to be a movie. It follows none of the conventional "rules" and there is no winner or hero. There's no drama. There's no "silver lining". There's only struggle.
For every one Bob Dylan there are 10,000 Llewyn Davis'. Really talented musicians and artists that simply don't catch the lucky break. People go under the radar, under-appreciated and overlooked. People that never make it big and therefore question whether they should be doing it at all (and then, most of time, give up). This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.
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