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Film review

Coen brothers strike chord with tale of vulnerable folk singer

From left, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver star in the Coen Brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
From left, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver star in the Coen Brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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The latest character to be fed into the Coen brothers’ metaphorical wood chipper is a 1960s Greenwich Village folk singer. Yet their bleak, bittersweet comedy of frustration, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is surprisingly empathetic toward its embattled title character. To a rare degree, the Coens encourage our emotional identification with Llewyn. He’s a gifted, pompous, sensitive, arrogant, sympathetic cad, played without a false note by Oscar Isaac. Sure, Llewyn endures an avalanche of abuse, most of ...


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