Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious and very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save up for a nose job, his pot-head son, who gets stoned at his own bar-mitzvah; only wants him round to fix the TV aerial and his useless brother Arthur is an unwelcome house guest. But both Arthur and Larry get turfed out into a motel when Larry’s wife Judy, who wants a divorce; moves her lover, Sy, into the house, and even after Sy’s death in a car crash, they are still there.
With lawyers’ bills mounting for his divorce, Arthur’s criminal court appearances; and a land feud with a neighbor Larry is tempted to take the bribe offered by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark. And the rabbis he visits for advice only dole out platitudes. Still, God moves in mysterious – and not always pleasant – ways, as Larry and his family will find out.Credit to imdb
- Rating: 7.1
- Genres: Comedy, Drama
- Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed
- Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Certificate: R
- Country: USA
- Language: English, Yiddish, Hebrew
- Release Date: 2010
- AKA: A Serious Man
- Runtime: 106 min
- Filming Location: Minnesota, USA – Czech Republic
A Serious Man 2009 movie review
So here I am streaming the “Your honor ” series starring Michael Stuhlbarg and Bryan Cranston; I know that Bryan is a good actor but here I am admiring the performance of Michael Stuhlbarg. To be honest, I wasn’t aware of him as an actor so once I finished the series; I went and did a little research concerning his movies, so I decided to watch A Serious Man.
“Simply accept everything that is happening to you.” That is the opening sentence of Ethan Coen; Joel Coen’s masterpiece that will solve every problem in the film, even if you don’t understand it.
Why is it that we don’t believe that what happened happened, but we are suffocated by a rope we put on our necks, we make it narrower and narrower, and then we reach a stage of despair that brings us to blame for God and you haven’t even tried to make a real effort to get up? Before you think about what God did to you, think about how to get past that hole.
Well, regardless of what the Lord has done to you, and whatever the reason is; will that cause you to be skeptical or lead you out of those misfortunes? And those questions will come to an end. If you remove their heavenly or worldly code, you will find a smile and a solution to these life barriers. The complaint will not create a barrier for you, and its answers will not create a wall for you.
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But your actions govern the future of your days The Jew who received the devil if he is indeed a devil, is like Larry and like people who trouble themselves with questions, doubt, and complain without making a public statement about how instead of solving the problem, his wife, like a dentist, killed the man and got rid of the problem, instead of sitting and thinking and letting problems go!!
Let’s go back to the religious context and say why the skepticism? Do you see things as God sees them, do you understand things enough to determine a truth that no one knows; everything that you don’t see doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Then we come up with explanations, and should everything be logical? No, but we always seek reason, and when we don’t find it, we start collapsing, and also; as stated in the film (The Lord Doesn’t Owe Us The Answers).
We are the ones who seek the answers, and at the end of its rough line, the result is bad, and the time for reform is passed. In a symbolic scene of cosmic creativity: Larry stands behind a long, large blackboard full of physical equations; To tell his students, and to answer himself: The principle of equal probability and skepticism proves that it is not for our ability or indeed our ability to know what is going on or will happen. This shows that no one has an answer to every question!
Who is this? Who is that? How, when, where, and why are all the useless letters man seeks to satisfy his desire for them that actually have no meaning other than headlines of events that have fallen in the past and we are responsible for how to act on them.
Should we solve every dilemma that hovers around our heads? If we let her go and give her the chance to evaporate, she will evaporate, and those answers won’t remember that we needed her in the first place.
A Serious Man by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen presents us with one of their best masterpieces of many questions that open up their branches to think inside our minds and question, guess, doubt and assertion.
They didn’t answer, but I left it on display with a simple, meaningful door at the end, and it says to us; Why don’t you just ignore those things and live with them, and maybe life will intercede with you simply. Whether those are religious, moral, social, racial, or family questions. Just live with them, and if they hold you back, solve them, but don’t let them get you. Some of those questions have no meaning, which will lead you into a totally inevitable trap.
As a little hint of Ethan Coen, Joel Coen in the film. When Larry goes to meet the younger rabbi, he tells him that he has only to change his point of view of things, we have lost our passion for seeing the world and made it just a piece of all the camel’s meaning in it. When he goes to the second, bigger and wiser rabbi, he is told a story about signals from God, which he ends up with the conclusion that he doesn’t have to answer all the questions he doesn’t know the answers to.
Until the third rabbi, who has always waited for the film, arrives to answer all the questions, meets Lari’s son, and simply gives him a player and says to him, “It’s a good boy.” Indeed, the third rabbi did carry the answer, which is simplicity without a question, answer, or complication, just the meaning!
The film, which gave us many projections, such as the year 67 and its relationship with the Jews and the way and nature of the Jews themselves in thinking. And songs that describe the state of personalities and how they think; and the projection of Nazi racism in America, and many existential visions. All those Easter Eggs remained open to followers without an answer and deliberately from Ethan Coen, Joel Coen to deliver our message to an artist The scenario organized with an appealing, shock-filled view did not carry a sense of boredom or repetition. All of this leads us to a beautiful painting that deserves more reflection than once.
Keep in mind, it will be useful if you had a previous idea about Schrodinger’s cat theory and a little understanding of quantum physics; for A Serious Man is based heavily on the concept of duality and The plurality of predestination, if you will.
In conclusion, you are looking at one the best works of the Coens brothers, don’t stream it looking for aswers because you will get few; but more of a philosophic experience. I deffenitly recommend it.