Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Serious Man (2009)

Director: Joel & Ethan Coen. Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Amy Landecker. 106 min. Rated R. Comedy.

I divide Coen Brothers' movies into two groups: their dark dramas (Blood Simple, No Country for Old Men), and their dark satires (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink). A Serious Man is one of the latter, but the comedy this time is so dark, it borders on the former. The chronicles of a very unlucky but serious man, sprinkled with a flurry of confusing Hebrew expressions (of which not even the story characters understand), makes the deadpan humor so bleak, I had a hard time perceiving the usual Coens' charm. They've done much better than this before.

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