Joel and Ethan Coen reimagine Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable that chronicles the surreal exploits of three escaped convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) en route to buried treasure — and, in the particular case of Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), a reunion with his estranged wife (Holly Hunter) and kids. Along the way, they are tempted, thwarted and toyed with to varying degrees by many strange characters, including three seductive “sirens,” a one-eyed traveling salesman (John Goodman) and a ruthless lawman (Daniel von Bargen) hot on their trail — and manage to reinvent themselves as bluegrass musical sensations The Soggy Bottom Boys. One of the Coen Brothers’ most crowd-pleasing films, though one can’t help but wonder if it would’ve made half the impression it did without its wildly popular soundtrack album consisting of such catchy folk ditties as “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and “Keep On the Sunny Side.” The title is a reference to the 1941 film “Sullivan’s Travels,” in which the main character wants to direct a film about the Great Depression called “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” – IFC Staff
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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