Who can elicit more anticipation and hype upon announcing a new film than the Coen Brothers? Whether you’re an avid film buff or you enjoy an occasional trip to the cinema, chances are you are a Coen Brothers fan. Inside Llewyn Davis, the Brothers’ latest film, is filled with quirky characters, surrealism, and comedic moments, all with a great 1960s backdrop, but it also has a lingering sense of sadness hanging over it. As far as Coen Brothers film go, this one is much more A Serious Man (with an O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack) than it is The Big Lebowski, and that’s more than ok.
The film follows a week in the life of a young folk singer (Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac) 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. It also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and an adorable ginger tom cat. Why the cat? “The film doesn’t really have a plot,” Joel Coen said. “That concerned us at one point; that’s why we threw the cat in.” Plus, with a wonderful soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett, this movie is a can’t miss.
Oscar Isaac was here on December 4 for a Q&A following a preview screening of the film. Here’s a picture from the evening! Be sure to check our website for upcoming special events!
Inside Llewyn Davis opens at the Burns on Friday, December 13 as a Westchester Exclusive and we are holding a preview screening at 10:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, for those who can’t wait until Friday. Tickets are on sale now!
Photo of Oscar Isaac at the JBFC: Kate Koenig.