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9,810 Ratings

A Serious Man

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, 2009
Comedy, Drama


The story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity when his life begins to come apart at the seams. Struggling for equilibrium, he seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person, a mensch, a serious man?

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A Serious Man Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2010 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2010 | 2 wins including: Robert Altman Award

2010 | Nominee: Best Director

Village Voice Film Poll

2009 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

A Jewish science professor in 1960s Minnesota (played by the great Michael Stuhlbarg) and his son contend with multiple miseries in this odd, beautiful comedy-drama that might be one of the Coens’ most perfectly modulated films. This is probably their most questioning work: Is the universe cruel, indifferent, or sadistic? And can an understanding of God actually make a difference?
February 05, 2016
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