A Serious Man

I’ve deliberately kept myself in the dark about Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man, but I expect having some kind of context for this first official image from the film (the same as the one on the Apple trailer page, only larger) wouldn’t make it any less mysterious and it wouldn’t entertain me any more than it already does.

Why is it amusing? I can’t say, but then the Coen humor is always hard to pin down.

The combination of the man in a defiant stance on his roof against a beautiful blue sky, the TV antenna and the 60s get-up strikes a weird chord with me. That could be a picture of my dad. Why is he on the roof? Is he  going to jump? Has a lynch mob of angry suburbanites chased him up there?

It’s a mystery that will be solved October 2nd when A Serious Man opens in theaters.

Screw Avatar Day. October 2 is A Serious Man Day!

I refuse to read it, but I’ve cut and pasted the synopsis from the press release after the jump for those of you who need more to go on than a weird image of a dude on a roof in order to get excited about a movie.

A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolf) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?

6 Responses to “Why so serious?”

  1. Awesome poster.

    I see a rooftop in Muriel’s future. :)

  2. A Murielous Man

  3. Shmendriks of the world, unite!

  4. I too refuse to read it! A Serious Muriel is my 2009 wish.

  5. I thought I smelled a Commie around here somewhere Ryan. Thanks for sniffing him out.

  6. I too refuse to read this, or watch any of the trailers. I agree with Joel’s 2009 wish, however.

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