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Times of India
Depicting a week in the life of folk singer Llewyn Davis who is struggling to hit the big time, this film is set in Greenwich Village. Many of the difficulties that Llewyn has to deal with are unwittingly of his own making.
The opening scene sets the tone and mood for what is to follow for the rest of the film. Llewyn (Isaac) is playing a folk tune on his acoustic guitar in the Gaslight Cafe. It is a crowded, smoky club but he is framed beautifully by a solo overhead strobe. Davis plucks the strings with purpose and sings soulfully like he means every word. A man in the audience watches the performance in rapt attention. So transported is he by the song that a cigarette held between his fingers burns down to the butt without him noticing.
In 1961, the world had not yet been hit by Beatlemania, Bob Dylan hadn't gone electric and folk music was still a very serious affair. Davis lives one day at a time, from gig to gig, singing for his supper. He relies on the generosity of his friends so that he can crash on their couches as he is homeless. His friends include Jim and Jean Berkeley (Timberlake, completely in character, and Mulligan) and an elderly couple who live in New York's Upper West Side.
Llewyn and Jean are at loggerheads because of a little affair they had. Jean discovers she is pregnant but is not sure about who the father is - Jim or Llewyn. Later, in what turns out to be the film's most surreal sequence, Llewyn decides to hitch a ride with the acerbic Roland Turner (Goodman, in his sixth Coen Brothers film) and his stoic driver to Chicago and get impresario Bud Grossman to sign him on.
Generously laced with dark humour and part-melancholic,
is full of clever Coen-isms and the film's soundtrack too is wonderful. This one makes for some compelling viewing.
Sadly, this would be actor Jerry Grayson's last film as he passed away on 5th March 2013.
This is the second time that Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan have been paired opposite each other after drive.
Jean's hair keeps changing in different shots while talking to Llewyn on the couch.
In the film, a lava lamp is depicted which were made only in 1963 and were up for sale in 1965.