@3 years ago
Francis’ Favorite Films Of 2009 #6
The Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man”
Larry Gopnik is a professor. He is a professor with a lot of questions in his mind. He is being tested. He is the victim of the world’s most cruel practical joke ever: his wife falls in love with Sy Ableman and kicks him out of the house, his son has attitude problems, his daughter is obsessed with getting a nose-job, he is being bribed by one of his students while at the same time, said student’s father is threatening to sue him, and his tenure is in jeopardy because of some anonymous letters defaming him. The pivotal moment where you realize the world’s kicking you in the ass… we’ve all been there.
Larry Gopnik seeks answers. He asks the help of three rabbis. Were his questions answered? Or is this just “The Uncertainty Principle” at work?
All we know for sure is this: Sy Ableman is a serious man.