A Serious Man | 2009

Genre: Drama

Author : Srivathsa

Synopsis: Coen Bros. impress with another brilliant work of cinema.

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are without doubt, one of the best film makers of this era. Right from "Blood Simple" to "Burn After Reading", every new movie from their camp comes out as a relentlessly bewildering cinematic brilliance. Their latest dramedy "A Serious Man" is one of their most matured works. It is darkly comic, very thoughtful and all the more a treat to watch and think.

"A Serious Man" stands tall in its casting. Michael Stuhlbarg ,who plays Larry Gopnik, deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance as a man , who is very pious to his religion and canonical and doesn't commit any known crimes, but still suffers from pain in every instance. The Coen Bros' open , run and end the movie with no answer to these questions and if answered , they were extremely subtle. But, that again doesn't stop you from getting mesmerized with the near perfect screenplay that tops all the way.

The film begins with a beautiful, haunting yet comical prologue,a Yiddish folktale, which again makes you gaze at the directors' mastery over their art.And the mastery continues over the protagonist's struggle as a teacher, as a husband, as a father, a brother and any other role he might take in his life. Even when he thinks and wonders , why Hashem (God) doesn't give him good, he doesn't complain, unlike his brother. He takes his worries to lawyers, Rabbis and only in vain. But the subtle comedy is a trademark of the Coens.

Undeniably, in any Coens' film, the supporting actors play a splendid role and "A Serious Man" is no exception to this. All the characters are so perfectly etched from the sheer power of imagination and so deeply do they remain.

Many questions raise ; What is good and bad?; Why is Hashem doing all this? and many more. But not many answers and we cannot stop for ever to wait for the answers. Life must go on. In the final scene, Larry's son sees a tornado coming his way. It tells you everything. Kudos , Coens!

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