SBS, Fri­day, 8.35pm, M ( 2000)

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Joel and Ethan Coen ( Fargo, No Coun­try for Old Men) re­it­er­ate their knack for de­fy­ing genre clas­si­fi­ca­tion with another unique slice of Amer­i­cana. Part com­edy, part mu­si­cal and part fa­ble, this gem is loosely based on Homer’s The Odyssey. Plucky nar­cis­sist Ulysses ( Ge­orge Clooney, above) leads two dim- wit­ted Mis­sis­sippi chain- gang con­victs ( John Tur­turro and Tim Blake Nel­son) to free­dom in search of trea­sure and his favourite brand of hair grease. A de­light­ful, ir­rev­er­ent and un­pre­dictable blend of myth and nos­tal­gia. ★★★★

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