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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
March 30th, 2024
Suggested viewing age: 12 and up
107 min
The Great Escapes

Cinema has always been fond of escape stories. Whether epic or intimate stories, war or prison film, tragedy or comedy, these tales reflect the injustices, violence and conflicts that tear people apart, as well as their propensity for solidarity and compassion. The inventiveness the characters devote to escaping is reminiscent of that of filmmakers who stage their imprisonment in order to better break it down: an always meticulous game, set against a backdrop of spatial constraints and a race against time.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Directed by
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
English with French subtitles
George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
USA, France, United Kingdom
107 min
Adventure, comedy, crime

During the Great Depression, three prisoners chained up together manage to escape with the goal of recovering the loot from a bank robbery. In the course of their incredible journey, they have to be careful not to be intercepted by the enigmatic and clever Sheriff Cooley, who is after them.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Coen brothers revisit The Odyssey with devastating humor, a wacky narrative and actors in top form. To the sound of blues, country and gospel, they take us to the turbulent Mississippi of the Great Depression, where we encounter mermaids as well as the Ku Klux Klan.

Coen brothers

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, collectively known as the Coen brothers, are an American filmmaking duo. Their films span many genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody. Their most acclaimed works include Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), No Country for Old Men (2007), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Those last three films have been ranked in the BBC's 2016 poll of the greatest motion pictures since 2000. In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) ranked Fargo among the 100 greatest American movies ever made. Many of their films are distinctly American, often examining the culture of the American South and American West in both modern and historical contexts.


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