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Inside the Subversive, Melancholy World of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Jason Bailey of Flavorwire explains why the melancholy mood of Inside Llewyn Davis, and its anti-narrative (Ethan Coen calls it, “an odyssey in which the main character doesn’t go anywhere”), works to such great effect in the Coen Brothers’ ode to the ’60s folk music scene.

He writes, “The film is full of those little subversions: narrative threads are set up but not paid off in the expected ways, the protagonist’s character arc entails him becoming less sympathetic, and big names like Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan play surprisingly small roles. The latter makes sense, considering the film’s episodic structure and the character’s stubborn nature.”

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