In the midst of a relentless New York winter, with no job, no money and nowhere to stay, down-on-his-luck musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) spends his days flicking through his address book trying to find a bed, or a floor, for the night. If things weren't bad enough, his musical partner has ended it all by jumping off of a bridge, and his lover Jean (Carey Mulligan), who just happens to be the wife of his best friend Jim (Justin Timberlake), has told him that she's pregnant and wants an abortion. In a last ditch bid to shed his hand-to-mouth existence, Davis, with his ever-present pet cat in tow, sets out on a road trip to Chicago in the hope of resurrecting his music career by impressing local promoter Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham).
The latest feature from sibling filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo), Inside Llewyn Davis has proved to be one of their most acclaimed works yet. The Guardian called it "a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period," while The Independent opraised it as "one of the Coen brothers’ richest and most idiosyncratic films."
The film won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a slew of other awards at festivals worldwide, many of which it won, including prizes for the screenplay, Oscar Isaac 's performance and T Bone Burnett's music score.