Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★

I'm tired. I'm so fuckin' tired. I thought I just needed a night's sleep but it's more than that.

The more I think about this movie the more I find it burrows into my psyche, exposing hidden truths about my life that I never knew existed. Here's a man battered and beaten down by a world that's got its claws buried in him. He's being dragged back in time as he desperately tries to move forward - a fact the Coen bros. convey beautifully with what looks like multiple frames superimposed upon one another simultaneously. And, after all of his miniature triumphs and major failures, he's only trudged through the muck of life to return back to his starting point.

Though it's only tangentially discussed, Llewyn's partner's suicide is at the very heart of the picture. And, when the events of the film are viewed through this lens, it all becomes so much more resonant. When someone you love is ripped from existence, it can feel as though all of a sudden you have become Atlas: forever doomed to carry the weight of the world upon your shoulders - or, in Llewyn's case, that damn cat.

Hang me,
I'll be dead and gone.
Hang me, oh hang me,
I'll be dead and gone.
Wouldn't mind the hangin',
But the layin' in a grave so long, poor boy,
Been all around this world.

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