A Serious Man (2009)

A Serious Man (2009)
USA – 106 min – drama, comedy, slice of life
Directed and written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Work. Students. Home. Children. Wife. Brother. RESPONSIBILITY.

Larry Gopnik sure is a serious man. He leads a proper life (in the 60’s), being fair and square, conscientious and single-minded. Long story in short, he meets both society’s and religious expectations.
Despite this, people won’t stop demand more and more from him, straining a point in a way you wouldn’t expect.

On one hand, it’s extremely sad to watch a good, good man’s life getting so complicated. On the other, well, the ridiculous amount of Larry’s problems in contrast to his kind personality, with addition of overdrawn, memorable characters creates quite a ludicrous world, giving you more than just a few laughs.

This fine piece of cinematography by the Coen Brothers is not another drama comedy. It provides an intelligent and funny criticism of: religion – not adjusted to modern people’s concerns, society – calling for being an honest, honorable human, who cannot actually deal with the unfair and the egoistic.
How bitter, yet how true.

My rate: 8.


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