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A Serious Man
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman.
Fiddling with the aerial doesn't always make the signal more clear. The cat is both dead and not dead (Clive understands the dead cat, but not the math). The man in the prologue is or isn't a dybbuk. The bookends suggest an unbroken cycle that may or may not relate to what characters have and haven't done. "Accept the mystery."
Rabbi Nachtner: "We can't know everything."
Larry Gopnik: "It sounds like you don't know anything! Why even tell me this story?"
Nachtner: [laughing]"First I should tell you, then I shouldn't, hoo!" [places hands on cheeks]
Gopnick to dream class: "Even though you can't figure anything out, you will be responsible for it on the mid-term."
Unpopular opinion incoming! ‘A Serious Man’ is one of my favourite Coen’s and I would actually call it more likeable than ‘No Country for Old Men’. I love how their trademark edgy dialogues greatly blend into the much smaller and amateurish setting of the film, just like in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. It creates an intelligent comedy, which I think hits the directors talents better than the western crime gems they’ve created. Not often do I laugh out loud when watching a film, so honour where honour’s due, ‘A Serious Man’ deserves its four stars.
The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out.
After seeing the brilliant Llewyn Davis, I have decided to work backwards through the Coen Bros filmography hitting every single forgotten gem or under appreciated masterpiece. Im doing this because my gut tells me that if Llewyn Davis doesn't see a second life on home video, it will sadly join the ranks of those other Coen films that have sunk below the radar.
The first stop on this tour through the Coen Brothers dark fairy tale universe is 2009's A Serious Man. Set in a predominantly Jewish suburb in the early 60's, (a setting very…
Moral of the story: God doesn't exist and He hates you.
"You'll find you need the iced tea."
The question most people seem to have about A Serious Man, judging by the reviews I've read, is "What's it actually about?"
A lot of the time I don't think it matters what a film is about. I often find myself going round in circles trying to get to the bottom of this subject and losing sight of whether I enjoyed the film or not. Actually, I have this problem more when it IS a film I enjoyed. If it's a film I hated then I'm not going to waste my time trying to figure out what was going on with it. It can just piss off.
Need to see this again. First and only viewing five years ago or so didn't do much for me.
Too well-made to dismiss, but one of the most miserable film watching experiences I have had in my life.
Takeaway: Parking lots can be exciting to some people.
that slurping scene was fucking triggering
"It's all shit."
There is so much to unpack from this movie that one viewing can't possibly be enough. A man's (Jew's?) search for meaning when everything he thought was real and true starts disintegrating in front of him. Larry Gopnik repeatedly says he has done nothing during his life, and yet his life is eminently falling apart. When he tries to do anything to help his situation, he is left with more questions.
The subtly, hilarious supporting cast keeps him off-balance throughout the movie, interjecting at the worst possible times (Dick Dutton from Columbia Record Co., Danny, the pot-smoking 12-going-on-13-year old son who needs his dad to fix the aerial so he can watch F-Troop, pompous Sy Ableman).
A tornado forms at…
"The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know what's going on. But even though you can't figure anything out, you will be responsible for it on the midterm. Did you follow that?"
That really should've been the title: The Uncertainty Principle. Like a good majority of its runtime, the final moments of this film left me puzzled and even put-off. I want an answer, I want a conclusion, I want to know. Don't we all? Well, unlike the majority of films, or perhaps every other film, I've taken the time and thought to accept that not only is there no explanation, but this time and this time alone, that is possibly okay. The Coens set out to…
"The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term."
"Look, something is very wrong. I dont want Satana Abraxis, ive just been in a terrible auto-accident!"
The most Jewish thing i have ever experienced. Fantastic.
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