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The 2013 Cannes Review Report: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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by Matt Singer
May 18, 2013 3:45 PM
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The Cannes Review Report rounds up each day's notable premieres, along with a sampling of their reviews and tweets from the south of France. Here's the reaction to "Inside Llewyn Davis," the latest film from the Coen Brothers.

"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Category: Competition
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Synopsis: "'Inside Llewyn Davis' follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles --some of them of his own making."

Reviews:

Dave Calhoun, Time Out London:

"The Coens have given us a melancholic, sometimes cruel, often hilarious counterfactual version of music history."

Scott Foundas, Variety:

"A boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man’s fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art."

William Goss, MSN Movies:

"To call 'Inside Llewyn Davis' a minor work doesn't render it any less a pleasure to watch."

Tim Grierson, Screen Daily:

"A very funny and moving look at a folk artist whose sizable talent always lags behind his personal failings and bad luck."

Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist:

"It's another excellent study from the filmmakers of an ordinary man caught in a tailspin."

Craig Kennedy, Living in Cinema:

"It’s a beautiful, melancholy rumination on the capricious nature of success."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter:

"A gorgeously made character study leavened with surrealistic dimensions both comic and dark."

Tweets:

Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound:

"#Cannes2013 Coens' INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is a delight: typically quirky, funny, beautifully observed tale of a folk singer who wasn't Dylan"

Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage:

"Llewyn Davis is a bittersweet treat for fans of folk music + the best deadpan comedy in years. Still felt like minor Cohen Bros #cannes2013"

Alex Billington, First Showing:

"Inside Llewyn Davis - A breath of fresh air from Coens, a perfect period piece. Fun, tragic, earnest, enjoyed every last second. #cannes2013"

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian:

"Oh mon Dieu. The glorious Inside Llewyn Davis (dirs. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) is the best thing at #Cannes2013! So far anyway"

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:

"The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is a melancholic comic delight. Star-making performance from Oscar Issac, WONDERFUL tunes #Cannes2013"

Mike D'Angelo, A.V. Club:

"Adam Driver's performance of "Please, Mr. Kennedy" in INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is the greatest thing in the history of things."

Peter Howell, Toronto Star:

"INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: On the knife edge between satire and homage, a primo Coens take on pre-Dylan NYC folk. And a scene-stealing cat. #C ..."

Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's:

"Saw #InsideLlewynDavis at #Cannes2013. Unplugged perfection from Coen bros: droll, dry & tender portrait of the artist & the time. #macleans"

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

"Calling it: The cat from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is this year's Uggie. #cannes"

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"Won't try to review the Coen's '60s NYC movie INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS in 140 chars, except: Yes, terrific. Can't wait to see it again."

Matt Patches, Hollywood.com:

"As if I need to tell you how lovely The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis is! #Cannes2013"

Sasha Stone, Awards Daily:

"Loved LOVED Llewyn Davis. #swoon #cannes2013"

Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere:

"'Inside Llewyn Davis' is as perfectly & completely realized a Coen Brothers film as I’ve ever seen, but it’s about less being a lot more."

Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times:

"Inside Llewyn Davis is like A Serious Man, only with an outspoken folk singer instead of a professor. #Cannes2013"

3 Comments

  • Kumar | May 18, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    It's clearly more of a dark comedy, and it looks to have plenty of drama, and why in the world should comedic works not be taken seriously?

  • Mohammed | May 18, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    Can one assume that the serious movies that preceded it, and the weather has something to do with the reactions ? It sounds too comedic to be a serious work.

  • Michael | May 18, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Great critical reactions, cannot wait for it's official North American release!
    Immediately upon viewing the initial trailer, I knew the audience was in for a delight. A positive Cannes reception almost guarantees awards consideration.

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