“Inside Llewyn Davis” a film directed and written by Joel and Ethan Joel Coen was released in December 2013. The Coen Brothers have made some very good movies, most of them have a tinge of humor, even if it’s irony or sarcasm, and I love it.
This film starring Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, Carey Mulligan as Jill, Justin Timberlake as Jim, as well as John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Adam Driver, and others, was executed flawlessly. The story centers around a week in the life of Llewyn Davis.
Davis lives on friends’ couches moving from one gig to the next trying to make it as a folk music singer in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1961. “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about Davis’ solo odyssey through the modern world: surviving week to week, paycheck to paycheck, always missing the big break, always in search of somewhere new to stay, for just one night.
The film’s central themes include grief and loss, purpose, and belonging. Like only the Coen Brothers can, the film does a great job of communicating so much without explicitly saying something leaving the viewer to decide for themselves and reflect on their own existence.