For a pair who have been relentlessly fortunate in their professional careers spanning 30 years, the two brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, have some sort of morbid fascination with the concept of failure.
As the Guardian state, Cannes festival 'has always had a thing for woe-bros' making these guys the perfect Cannes candidates.
The Guardian summarize Inside Llewyn Davis perfectly:
As another sad epic of dud luck where its hero (a folkie in 1961 Greenwich Village) Llewyn is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk and has talent but is not a genius.
On the brink of defeat, his plight is one that most of us have come to know, where in the face of starving and penniless adversity his dreams are hard-knocked.
Here, the two directors sit down with the Guardian to discuss their most recent film:
It's more interesting for me as an audience member to see a movie about a loser. Who wants to make a movie about Elvis, y'know? Or – well, it'd be a very different kind of movie.
He's the guy who blows his top or speaks out of turn or says something really dickish, but then, three minutes later thinks to himself: I'm a dick for doing that. Some dicks are just not self-aware.
It was a mark of that specific scene… and the seriousness and piousness that went with it. I'm sure they did consider themselves folklorists trying to preserve a tradition. More than that specifically, it's kind of a hallmark of the period – against convention, not wanting to sell out, not wanting to be bourgeois.
Have you seen Inside Llewyn Davis yet? If so, what did you think?
Read the entire interview here (source): The Guardian