Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a barber in a small northern California town. Ed is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder.
terrific existential noir
- The Man Who Wasn't There review by tezza
Terrific existential noir, with the Coen Brothers usual teasing ambiguity. A tribute to the great films of the '40s, but more than that, a strange psychological portrait. Billy Bob Thornton is wonderful as The Man Who Wasn't There. The back and white cinematography really adds atmosphere to a story that definitely isn't black and white.