KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

Directed by David & Nathan Zellner

How do our obsessions define us? If they, at any point, consume our thoughts, are they simply fleeting distractions or opportunities for greater purpose? Kumiko┬áis a beautiful film which doesn’t answer this question, but displays it in full force. Is our heroine misguided, or does she have more direction than everyone else around her? What is worth fighting for, worth sacrificing, worth believing in? Are we more interested in the end result, or simply the adventure of the chase? Do we become obsessed as compensation for something missing inside of us? Fargo – and by association, Kumiko – may not be true stories after all, and they might not have anything really to say, but it’s really about being in that space – in-between the titles and the credits – in which we find the mystery, excitement, joy and tragedy that makes up the fibres of our lives.

B+

Inside Llewyn Davis

Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

The Coen Brothers defy expectations yet again with a beautifully sombre story about a 1960’s folk-singer who just can’t get his shit together. Oscar Isaac embodies the role flawlessly as we’re given an insight into a man slowly but surely peeling away. What a gorgeous soundtrack. The Coen brothers mastered the art form a long time ago: “Inside Llewyn Davis” is no exception.

A+