Inside Llewyn Davis
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter of 1961, he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club — on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul —and back again. This film is a hymn to squandered potential, missed opportunities and unsung genius. That’s a subject far removed from the experience of the Coens themselves, who, since the release of their debut feature Blood Simple in 1984, have had critics and audiences yodeling enthusiastically of their brilliance.
Blue is the Warmest color
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos
This French film was one of the most talked-about titles of the festival circuit this year, and it more than lives up to the hype. The pang of first heartbreak has seldom been captured so well in cinema and stars Adele Exarchapolous and Lea Seydoux are extraordinary in the lead roles. It’s a story of sexual awakening and real love that stretches over 10 years. Loosely based on Julie Maroh’s superbly illustrated graphic novel and adapted for the screen by Kechiche and Ghalya Lacroix, it traces the life cycle of a relationship, beginning to end. The telling is beautiful and explicit. The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
The third in arguably one of cinema’s most romantic trilogies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine. They play an American man and a French woman at the heart of indie filmmaker Richard Linklater’s Before triptych. Meeting on a train in Before Sunrise (1995) and reuniting in their thirties in Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013) catches up with the couple seeking a night of passion, but the date turns to drama as they come to assess the past, present and future of their relationship. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine are now forty somethings living in Paris with twin girls of their own. The film follows the characters as they come to the end of their holiday at a picturesque writer’s retreat in Greece.
— Team Indulge