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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.
like what the fuck, this film is everything
Why does he make us feel the questions if he's not gonna give us any answers?
He hasn't told me.
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.
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."
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…
"Accept the mystery"
Another great one from the Coens that I'd been meaning to rewatch for a long time. It contains all the elements that the two directors often couple together to make their films so remarkable - a great lead performance, beautiful cinematography, a biting and terrific screenplay, and a uniquely established tone. However, the main aspect that sets A Serious Man apart is its supremely Jewish setting. Despite being familiar, the film is triumphantly unique and interesting.
On this watch, I kind of noticed a lot of similarities to Barton Fink, with it's offbeat nature and awkward male lead who's life is going in bad places. Both are probably the Coens most ambiguous films, with lots left up to interpretation. There is a lot of symbolism and depth here, it'd be interesting to see, or possibly write a full blown analysis.
It's also darkly hilarious. Poor Larry.
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.
Anything bad that anyone says about this film breaks my heart. This is undeniably my favorite Coen brothers film, which should say a lot. Simply, inspiration exemplified.
"Why do people like this film? I didn't get it at all. I guess it's because I'm not Jewish."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
2nd viewing. I am deeply embarrassed by my inability to solve this film until months after my first viewing, as the return visit revealed A Serious Man to be fairly straightforward (at least, for me).
Larry is contrasted with his son; the son breaks any rule he wants, Larry desperately tries to be a good/serious man, and both end up (presumably) dead in harsh ways. By immersing the viewer in the larger context of religion (not just Judaism, which here functions as a means of interrogating philosophy and an autobiographical trapping, but also Christianity's Book of Job), and showing the way that religion is a significant element of both their lives, we are supposed to consider the following: if there…
Odd, funny and very Coens.
Los Cohen saben hacer black comedy.
El actor principal no sé quién es pero SE SALE con el personaje, el lenguaje corporal con los gestos faciales es increíble.
La había visto hace mil años y ni me acordaba, en ese momento le puse 3 estrellas, ahora le subí una y le puse corazoncito <3
No entiendo nada de judaísmo, me pasa lo mismo con algunas de Woody Allen. Mi ignorancia en religión se debe a que siempre me parece tan boludez todo que pienso que tener esas creencias es estar loco, me fastidio y entonces prefiero invertir mi tiempo en otras cosas como ciencia, hacer jugo de naranjas o una buena paja, me da la misma paja que ponerme a…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What does it all mean?
What is Hashem trying to tell me, making me pay for Sy Ableman's funeral?
Stuhlbarg is perfectly cast as a modern-day Job, in one of the Coen Brothers' quietest and richest films. One of my very favorites from their estimable filmography.
Wow, this was not for me. Failed to make me laugh, the characters were annoying/horrible to each other but not in a good way and the ending sucked. For some reason I thought this starred Colin Firth. Seriously un entertaining, man. An F for fail.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- There Will Be Blood
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…