O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
SBS, Friday, 8.35pm, M ( 2000)
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. ★★★★