Coen brothers' movie is a big hit at Cannes

  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 11:27 PM
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Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Ethan Coen walked the red carpet as they arrived for the screening of “Inside Llewyn Davis” at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday.

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– The Coen brothers’ resurrection of the pre-Dylan folk scene in Greenwich Village serenaded Cannes with its period music and melancholy tale of a self-destructive, feline-toting musician. “Inside Llewyn Davis” was met rapturously at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered Sunday night. Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen said their primary interest was to recreate the atmosphere of the late 1950s, very early ’60s folk revival amid the coffee shops of downtown New York.

“The movie doesn’t really have a plot,” Joel Coen said at the festival. “It’s why we threw the cat in.”

The film stars the relatively unknown Oscar Isaac as a talented but adrift singer-songwriter trying to attract attention after the suicide of his singing partner as he bounces from couch to couch. In tow is a cat — a kind of symbol for Llewyn’s tenuous decency — that he reluctantly shepherds after it escapes from a friend’s apartment. Isaac’s performance as the caustic, frustrated Llewyn drew immediate raves at Cannes and predictions of an Oscar nomination. CBS Films will release “Inside Llewyn Davis” this fall in the heart of awards season.

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