BUFS Preview: Inside Llewyn Davis

This week, BUFS is pleased to present the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis.

In the early 1960s, the Greenwich folk scene is nearing its peak—the soulful strains of post-Elvis, pre-Woodstock music fill the coffee houses and cafés of New York City, along with a few different types of smoke and no shortage of lofty ideals. Amidst it all, frustrated singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis tries to make a go of it, with limited success.

The film follows a week in Davis’s life, during which time he does a number of unsympathetic and wrong-headed things (like losing his friends’ cat, for example, or showing up to crash at the home of another friend whose wife has recently slept with). The truth is that he isn’t even that good at what he does, but we still feel compelled to watch him trying and failing, especially when he sets out on a road trip with a jazz musician in the hopes of auditioning for some industry bigwigs in Chicago. When the greatest folk singer of all turns up near the end of the film, we know just what it means for Llewyn and for other hopefuls like him.

The Coen Brothers don’t disappoint in terms of the quirky characters, absurd situations, and uncomfortable laughs we’ve come to expect from them, but this is a somewhat darker and more philosophical film, along the lines of previous BUFS fan favourite, A Serious Man. Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake star.

Inside Llewyn Davis screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visitbrocku.ca/bufs for details.

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