The films of the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are known for their extraordinary narrative, construction of characters and situations, outlined in black humor of each dialogue and the fortunate cast chosen for his movies. Each of his films discover the talents of two voracious readers who understand the power of a metaphor put in the right place. Inside Llewyn Davis is their latest work. The story chronicles a week in the life of a young folk singer, Llewyn Davis, struggling to publicize his music and his cope with the needs of everyday life in New York city, in a time and place where folk music is not what generates more profits to the record industry. Llewyn Davis, like other characters for the Coen and as the same Ulysses in the Odyssey (by the way, the cat that accompanies the character in the film is called Ulysses, a wink by the filmmakers), is a character has no control of his destiny but to the end, when the only choice is despite the failure, he continues or not with his dream. The timing used by the Coen appeals to circularity emotional journey of the protagonist; not forget movies like Oh brother, where art thou?, his reinterpretation of the Odyssey, where the narrative vocation of these brothers is evident. Inside Llewyn Davis is superbly played by Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Jonh Goodman (another favorite by the Coen) and Justin Timberlake. Like few artists, the Coen manage to collect in same story melancholy and irony, despair and humor, and a deep reflection on the human condition without being too solemn or nostalgic pompous.
Images: Inside Llewyn Davis