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The 2013 Cannes Review Report: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

The 2013 Cannes Review Report: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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.”


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.”


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,

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”

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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?


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.


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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