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A Serious Man

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by Luke Mason / 14.05.2010

“When the truth is found to be lies and all the joy within you dies, don’t you want somebody to love?” – Jefferson Airplane.

The Coen brother’s latest film, A Serious Man, is a story about the customs of Judaism as mediated by the amoralities of modernity and the American Dream. Set in the suburban 60’s, it’s world is a chocolate box full of delectably painted cardboard, where hiding on the second tier – next to a plastic Turkish Delight and chocolate covered polystyrene nut – a deliciously elusive truth lies waiting to be tasted. We follow the seemingly ordinary life of Larry Gopnik, a physics lecturer and a family man, as his principles and processed postcard plans begin to unravel under a barrage of wonderfully left-field, real life fuck-ups. This movie is a breath of fresh air in time where good pieces of cinema are few and far between, and thus I don’t want to give anything more away. What I can say is that it’s wonderfully non-linear plot, cuttingly witty script, beautiful cinematography and equally well-acted and superbly textured characters make it a film not to be missed. It provides a humorous look below the plastic coating of preened appearance, asking all the right questions and leaving the answers right where they have always been; in the realm of the unknowable.

I enjoyed this film immensely and would recommend it to anyone with two brain cells to rub together (oh ja, and to Jews).

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  1. Mick says:

    Gob bless them Coens!

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  2. G says:

    “The Coen brother’s latest film…” I suspect your apostrophe is a tad early. Looks like an interesting watch though.

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