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Polished one-liners and elegant direction

Oscar Isaac (Llewyn Davis), Justin Timberlake (Jim Berkey) and Adam Driver (Al Cody). Photo: PA Photo/Studio Canal

Oscar Isaac (Llewyn Davis), Justin Timberlake (Jim Berkey) and Adam Driver (Al Cody). Photo: PA Photo/Studio Canal

In a year of terrific films and eye-catching performances, one or two gems were going to be short-changed at Academy Awards nominations.

Few could have predicted that Joel and Ethan Coen would be among those casualties when they were armed with this delightful and artfully composed comedy drama.

The script is peppered with polished one-liners, the direction elegant and performances exemplary. Every frame beautifully harks back to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s.

Isaac plays the eponymous musician, who has yet to recover from the suicide of his singing partner.

He ricochets from one gig to the next, begging for temporary refuge on the couches of friends including Mitch Gorfein (Ethan Phillips) and his wife Lillian (Robin Bartlett).

By accident, Llewyn lets out the Gorfeins’ cat and he embarks on a mission to track down the feline. Thankfully, Llewyn locates the animal but since he is unable to return it to the locked apartment, the singer-songwriter takes his four-legged nemesis to the flat of friends Jim (Justin Timberlake) and Jean (Carey Mulligan), who are also a singing duo.

 

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