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2013 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 5: Coen Bros.’ Inside Llewyn Davis

Almost fitting that it was raining “cats” and dogs during the queuing up portion to yesterday’s early-lead press screening at the Debussy for the Coen Bros.’ latest, perhaps riskiest film in recent memory includes furry feline friends, folk style score, an infusion of the classic, offbeat, deadpan Coen-esque comedy elements intertwined with a surprising number of songs that overlap with a narrative that contains darker undercurrents; Oscar Isaac’s character’s journey is seldom hope-filled but desperate, road-blocked filled. While we await more grades, Inside Llewyn Davis rocked our charts, the critical consensus among our panel is that this (we’re almost at the midday point) would be the film to beat.

Coen Bros.' Inside Llewyn Davis Cannes Critics' Panel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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