A Serious Man

A Serious Man

Un Homme Sérieux

DVD - 2010
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One ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life. His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior, and mortality.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Alliance, [2010]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE SER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Homme sérieux [videorecording]

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TheeAvebury
Mar 06, 2018

Mildly entertaining... Really, it was ok, but not worth the time it took to watch it...It seemed like just a waste of time and actor's talents

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mr_chocolate
Mar 06, 2018

I have liked and enjoyed many of Joel and Ethan Coen's films, but this is one that I did not. I found no interest in the characters, and I don't believe it was just because I am not Jewish, nor brought up under Judaism.
I found the film choppy and did not find much interest of this film, except for that the teacher had a moral decision to make about a student and found that the respected Rabbi had little to offer in his quest for the answers of his life unravelling before him.
I found this film to be slow and seemingly unrelated stories and events, with little meaning.

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Nursebob
Feb 20, 2018

What do Schroedinger’s Cat, Jefferson Airplane, and the sufferings of Job have in common? Quite a lot, at least in this wonderfully surreal, Oscar-nominated parable from the Coen brothers. Relocating the biblical epic to a middle class Jewish neighbourhood in 1967 Minnesota (the kitschy touches are perfect!) the Coens’ film revolves around Larry Gopnik, a mild-mannered physics professor who suddenly finds his comfortable existence turned upside-down when his wife demands a divorce, his tenure at the university is put into question, and infernal temptation arrives in the form of a Korean exchange student willing to pay for a passing grade. With his world imploding and a trio of comical rabbis unable to offer any useful counsel, Larry eventually finds himself balanced on the edge of a crushing moral dilemma—and like Schroedinger’s mystical cat the universe can go either way… Although steeped in Judaic folklore and idiosyncrasies (an 18th century Yiddish prologue sets the tone) there is ample spiritual and secular crossover to allow the average goy to follow along and the Coens inject enough deadpan humour, including fanciful dream sequences, to keep the laughs going—a stoned bar-mitzvah is worth a rewind. But an answer to the central question of how a just and loving god can allow evil and suffering to exist remains appropriately opaque. A great cast balances gravity and satire while a plethora of divine metaphors ranging from TV antennas and whirlwinds to Grace Slick’s apocalyptic voice keep things just this side of suburban fantasy.

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erinsnest
Apr 27, 2017

Well, I didn't get it. I laughed once when they ran across the parking lot of the motel in their underwear. Not too sure why? (Why I laughed, that is.) Not sure why I ordered this movie either! You win some, you lose some.

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JudithRJames
Mar 17, 2017

Possibly the worse movie I've seen. As it drearily drags on, it certainly doesn't touch my concept of humor.

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robt1212
Oct 15, 2016

Real to life story with a Hebrew setting. Could've been Catholic or Protestant, kids are kids, people are people. Another fine effort from the Brothers.

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jimg2000
Feb 08, 2016

(Agree with jennrose's Mar 10, 2012 comment.) Can't help but felt humored by the family and professional problems that continued to erupt around a meek Physics professor who always tried to be a serious man in the strictest of the Jewish faith and sought the advice from a series of rabbis. IMDb has pages of quotes and worth a visit. In the extra/bonus, there was an explanation of the opening fable and a Glossary of Yiddish terms used in the film. See link to them under "Quotes."

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22950004980520
Aug 20, 2015

I am a fan of the Coen brothers' movies, but I could not get through this one. It really does go nowhere. On the other hand, critics loved it!

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altybiz
Oct 11, 2014

I gave up on this video after 40 mins without seeing anything funny. Perhaps since the humor is so tied in with Jewish culture, maybe it's intended as a Jewish comedy. I don't know. Just didn't get any of the humor attempts and thought it was slow, slow, slow. Expected more of the Cohen brothers.

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Urbano
Jul 22, 2013

Not everyone will understand the dark, dark humour of this film, but those who do will be delighted.

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jimg2000
Feb 08, 2016

Interpretation of the fable and others:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_oscars/2010/03/whats_going_on.2.html

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jimg2000
Feb 08, 2016

Glossary:

http://www.focusfeatures.com/article/a_serious_man__a_glossary

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