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Inside Llewyn Davis: New York Film Festival 2013

The times, they are a–changin’ in Greenwich Village circa 1961, though aspiring folksinger Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, in a star-making...

New York Film Festival 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis

The times, they are a–changin’ in Greenwich Village circa 1961, though aspiring folksinger Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, in a star-making performance) is too caught up in personal drama to notice. He’s more preoccupied with finding a couch to crash on and chasing after his friend’s AWOL cat. The latest from Joel and Ethan Coen steeps itself in period-appropriate beatnik beards, a brilliant soundtrack and recognizable avatars of the era’s scenesters, all in service to a gentle ode about being one step behind a major cultural curve. While you’ll get plenty of the brothers’ deadpan humor, loopy dialogue and rep-company grotesques—John Goodman’s Burroughs-meets–Richard III hipster gets the MVP award—this isn’t one of their hermetic, formalist exercises in misanthropy. There’s an offbeat sense of humanity present in this Job of MacDougal Street—a talented singer in the right place at the wrong moment. Click for showtimes.—David Fear

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