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The new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The film 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?




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Exclusive Interview: A Serious Man Star Michael Stuhlbarg Exclusive Interview: A Serious Man Star Michael Stuhlbarg
A few weeks ago, in our shared home city of New York, I talked to Stuhlbarg about the process of working with Coens and accepting the little guidance they give him, the resonance of the film's central quote in his own life

Exclusive Interview: A Serious Man Star Michael Stuhlbarg

Interview: Joel And Ethan Coen On A Serious Man Interview: Joel And Ethan Coen On A Serious Man
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Interview: Joel And Ethan Coen On A Serious Man

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A Serious Man Clips: It Ain't Easy Being Hebrew

Poster: The Coens' A Serious Man Poster: The Coens' A Serious Man
The earth tones and washed-out colors fit right in with the bleak Midwestern vibe they were going for in the trailer, while the schlumpy guy on the roof suggests that, even if this is Middle America, things are definitely not proceeding as normal

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