A Serious Man

D: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Focus Features/Studio Canal/Relativity Media/Working Title (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
US 2009
101 mins


W: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
DP: Roger Deakins
Ed: Roderick Jaynes
Mus: Carter Burwell
PD: Jess Gonchor
Cos: Mary Zophres

Michael Stuhlbarg (Larry Gopnik), Richard Kind (Arthur Gopnik), Fred Melamed (Sy Ableman), Sari Lennick (Judith Gopnik), Amy Landecker (Vivienne Samsky)

The Coen Brothers' take on The Meaning Of Life, which means it doesn't explain itself very much, and, like many of their other movies, is practically a shaggy dog story.
Michael Stuhlbarg stars in the lead role as the man of title, a high school teacher who tries to cling on to his sanity while his life falls apart all around him. 
The Coens' quite unashamedly end the film without any real resolution to leave the viewers scratching their heads as to what it was all about. Perhaps this one is strictly for the fans, as it's highly likely to infuriate everybody else.

Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man
Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man