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Joel and Ethan Coen had the biggest hit of their careers just two years ago with True Grit, which made an incredible $251 million worldwide off a $38 million budget and proved that the brothers can do pretty much anything, including improving on John Wayne. The three years since True Grit's release has felt incredibly long, so thank goodness they're coming back to us in a few short months, with the premiere of their folk music history piece Inside Llewyn Davis. Of course, you hear "folk rock history" and might expect something serious and way too obsessed with Bob Dylan. But as this brand new trailer (via Yahoo!)-- and really, their entire careers-- prove, there's nothing the Coens can't take from seeming tired to brilliant.
This trailer doesn't diverge very far from the format of all the other ones, combining period-appropriate folk music with snippets of scenes and dialogue from the film, all of them hinting at the dry, sometimes bizarre humor the Coens bring to even their least comedic films (think of the "call it" gas station scene in No Country for Old Men). Oscar Isaac, an up-and-comer who's been promising to break out big time for years, stars as the titular Davis, a folk singer left on his own when his partner jumps off the George Washington Bride (apparently it's supposed to be the Brooklyn Bridge). Well, not entirely alone-- he's got a cat that he's stuck with after getting locked out of an apartment, and an apparently very tricky relationship with Carey Mulligan's character, who's got nothing but disdain for him even as she may be carrying his child.
I still don't entirely know what happens in Inside Llewyn Davis, even after several trailers, since the film appears to be mostly a character piece, about this one guy living through an interesting period of New York City and surrounding himself with musicians. But they're the Coen brothers-- they don't need a plot. In fact, after relatively intricate stories like the ones in True Grit and No Country For Old Men, a character study along the lines of A Serious Man or The Man Who Wasn't There ought to be a perfect change for the directors who seem to revel in never doing the same thing twice.
New Yorkers will have the chance to see Llewyn Davis at the upcoming New York Film Festival, and everyone else won't have to wait much longer-- the film opens everywhere December 6.