This short film from Joel and Ethan Coen was produced in 2007 as part of For Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma), a collection of 3 minute films from famous directors commissioned for the 60th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. It stars Josh Brolin, actor-turned-producer-turned-director of Men Who Stare at Goats Grant Heslov, and the one who was supposed to put the lotion in the basket in Silence of the Lambs Brooke Smith.

Alas the DVD of For Each His Own Cinema is only available on Region 2.

Source: Scanners (thanks to Joel for the heads up)

17 Responses to “A soupçon of Coen: World Cinema”

  1. Neato! I’d never seen that! Good stuff. New-to-me Coens! What a treat.

    How’s the overall omnibus film? As uneven as most of them?

  2. That was so funny. I love Josh Brolin in his NCfOM look.

  3. If I had read this, I would’ve probably taken it as another in the Coens’ detached-slightly-condescending oddball hick routine that I don’t usually care for, but Brolin gives it more.

  4. I don’t quite by into the popular idea that the Coens are condescending, but I’ll freely acknowledge that might be because I’m a total Coen apologist. Having said that, this short comes as close as they ever come to it, but it rallies. Yes most of it is in Brolin’s performance, but I think the writing of the last bit guides the performance.

    It’s condescending the way you’re condescending but loving of a quirky uncle.

  5. Well, this didn’t come across as condescending to me. Maybe it was Brolin’s performance. I love him in anything. Or maybe I just refuse to feel condescended to by anyone. ;-)

  6. Yeah, I know that’s a common accusation of the Coens’, and sometimes the masses can actually be right. Condescending might not be quite the right word, there’s a certain ironic distance to some of their material that wears thin for me, every shot placement feels like a smirk, and I got that here, though again, Brolin takes it above that. I’m not an apologist of theirs, but I do like most of their movies, and I thought Burn after Reading was one of their very best.

  7. There are moments in all of their films, often after the characters have been through hell, when the ironic distance is peeled away and there’s genuine respect and affection and the same is true here I think.

    If there’s a smirk, what exactly are they smirking at? The character? The audience? Themselves? I’m not sure it’s so easy to say.

  8. Wow. I really sorta loved that. Josh Brolin makes it great: somehow, you’re not even surprised that he ended up liking the film. ” there’s a lot of truth in it”. As simple as that. If only the real world had cinemas where the choice was between La Regle Du Jeu and Climates (which, shamefully, I haven’t even seen. I’ve finally seen the former, though).

  9. Minor Coen. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

    It almost makes you want to watch a film about Llewellyn Moss starring Josh Brolin in which he’s simply choosing which films to see, which restaurants to dine at, which magazine to pick up at a doctor’s office waiting room or which flowers to buy for Carla Jean.

    Quite subtle, too. The question, “When do you get off work?” seems peculiar at first, but later we fully realize just why he would want to know. I enjoyed this.

  10. But his name is Dan. I think Dan should be the star of the next Coen brothers movie, maybe an alternate reality son to Llewellyn Moss.

    Dan Moss. Not as catchy as Barton Fink, but I’d see it.

  11. Dan is Llewellyn’s long lost twin, cannibalistic brother. He was going to call Ed Tom Bell from Jamaica at the end of No Country for Old Men while stalking Chigurh to eat him but it was left on the cutting room floor.

  12. Ha Alexander, now that’s the right interpretation!!!

  13. Hedwig, that’s ultimately what wins me over to it…Dan’s no-nonsense pleasure.

  14. I’m with Chuck as far as the all-too-familiar irony-of-the-unaware. If this wasn’t the Coens, I don’t think this would stand well. Brolin is always magic though and his “What time do you get off?” is the best thing here.

  15. “Minor Coen. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)”

    Mini Coen.

  16. It’s great Coen. Very Chekhovian.

  17. Ooh, good adjective to describe it peter. It’s that blend over over-the-top characters played out in such understated, matter-o-fact ways that gets me every time.

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