Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behaviour, dental phenomena, academia, mortality and Judaism – and intersections thereof – A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award®-winning writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen. —tiff.net
Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1957, Ethan Coen studied philosophy at Princeton University. Soon after he graduated, he and his brother began writing their first screenplays, and, in 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film, while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Sam Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a screwball comedy miles removed from the dark, violent content of their previous movie, and it won over critics and audiences alike. Their fan base growing, the Coens went on to make Miller’s Crossing (1990), a stark gangster epic with a strong performance from John Turturro, whom the brothers also used to great effect in their next film, Barton Fink (1991). Fink earned Joel a Best Director award and a Golden Palm at the 1991… read more
Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres, especially film noir, while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1954, Joel Coen studied at New York University before moving into filmmaking in the early ‘80s. He and his younger brother began writing screenplays while Joel worked as an assistant editor on good friend Sam Raimi’s 1983 film The Evil Dead. In 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film (using the name Roderick Jaynes for the latter duty), while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a… read more
A film that adopts for its characters a Jewish heritage to praise mysterism and "the question as more important than the answer." It's a re-imagining of the biblical tale of Job, which for some historical times was an effective morality tale. But the worship today of the obscure as an insoluble mystery is detrimental. Larry remains surprised because he's apathetic and seeks only psychological, not practical, help.
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“Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you.” The Coen brothers’ A Serious Man opens with this quote from Rashi, the first of many times that the central idea is stated in the film and… read review
Title: A Serious Man
Country: USA, UK, France
Language: English, Yiddish, Hebrew
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
A Serious Man est un film particulier dans la filmographie des frères Coen. Il ne fait pas date par son originalité mais par le soin tout particulier qu’ils ont pris à mettre en scène cette allégorie… read review