Shot in black and white, it tells the story of Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a taciturn barber who discovers that his wife (Frances McDormand) is cheating on him with his macho boss, Big Dave (James Gandolfini). Seeing his quiet life lived without risks collapsing in spite of his best efforts, Ed tries to blackmail Big Dave to fund a promising new company, a dry cleaner. His plan goes awry, murder ensues and Ed tries to repair the damage and to find “a certain peace, a way out.”
The script is brilliant, the work of the actors is also and the cinematography of Roger Deakins is incomparable. Steeped in a touching existentialism, this film surprises with unexpected idiosyncratic elements. This is the story of a simple man, in all its complexity, and an unhappiness that we all feel at some point.
-Making The Man Who Wasn’t There
-Interview with Cinematographer Roger Deakins