A Serious Man is a black comedy film. A Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won't move out of the house.
|Director||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen|
|Producer||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen|
|OTT Release Date||TBA|
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days agoA Serious Man is the film many Jewish fans of the Coen brothers have always wanted them to make. Jewishness has always lurked in the shadows and subtexts of their other films, but A Serious Man is a full-on, in-your-face, kiss-my-tuchis Jewish film, and has been hailed as their “Jewish masterpiece”. But I wonder: is it truly kosher? It was Susan Sontag who claimed “Jewish moral seriousness” was one of the principal forces of the modern sensibility. And A Serious Man raises very serious questions about how we are to make sense of a senseless existence. But remember, this is the Coen brothers, for whom seriousness is a kind of sin. They have not rediscovered and set out to celebrate their Judaic roots. No, Joel and Ethan remain postmodern pranksters who confront a meaningless universe, not with fear and loathing, but a big, goofy grin. A Serious Man is certainly the most autobiographical of their works. It was shot in the suburban Minnesota where they grew up. But this is not their story: it’s a tale of a latter-day Job called Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor who is tormented by loved ones, by life or maybe even God. Poor Larry. His wife, Judith (Sari Lennick), has fallen for the slimy Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed) and wants a divorce. His thieving pothead son, Danny (Aaron Wolff), about to have his bar mitzvah, fights with his sister, Sarah (Jessica McManus), who wants a nose job. And Larry’s useless brother, Arthur (Richard Kind), sleeps on th