Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
Last night I had the pleasure to watch the Coen brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, a beautifully directed and marvelously acted comedy-drama released in 2013.
Set in the 60’s, the movie is a heart-wrenching sneak-peak into the folk music scene in New-York Greenwich Village. It is a fascinating depiction of the difficulties and disappointments that many artists have to face in order to make it. Llewyn Davis, the protagonist, is one of them: a struggling folk singer whose artistic vision and passion for old songs prevent him to follow the musical changes happening around him. Because his music is all about reinterpreting traditional music, Llewyn is almost unable to compromise his values in order to achieve his dream of selling his album.
The bleak atmosphere of the movie reflects the characters’ raging emotions, from sadness to frustration, from loneliness to anger, and is beautifully interrupted by the heart wrenching live performances of the actors. Oscar Isaac, who plays Llewyn, gives such emotional renditions of old folk songs that is almost impossible not to feel his own love for music and see the sadness overwhelming his character. I had no idea who this actor was before last night but I can clearly say that he is incredibly talented.
What I liked the most about this movie is that it’s not just about the characters and their personal dramas. Music takes central stage and is used as a link to narrate and interconnect the events. ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is truly a terrific movie.