Trailer Watch: The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man teaser

The Coen Brothers are back and in dark comedy mode again, with A Serious Man, “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?

Man, is this trailer weird. A Serious Man is due on October 2, 2009.

The Coens have a few projects to choose from for their next film, including an adaptation of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, a re-adaptation of True Grit, and an original Western “with a lot of violence in it,” according to Joel Coen. “There’s scalping and hanging…. it’s good. Indians torturing people with ants, cutting their eyelids off.” Of course, it could also be something we’ve never even heard of before; you never know with those wacky Coens.

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Posted on July 30, 2009 at 10:55 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Matt
    on 2009-07-31 at 09:38
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    Definately going to see this one. They typically produce something good, so why not?

  2. Written by lethalinterjection
    on 2009-08-04 at 08:48
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    That is a fantastic trailer. I'm not sure how interested in the movie I am, but I love the way it is cut and it's rhythmic movement (which definitely gives off a monotonous feel, which is intentional, I'm sure).

  3. Written by lethalinterjection
    on 2009-08-04 at 12:48
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    That is a fantastic trailer. I'm not sure how interested in the movie I am, but I love the way it is cut and it's rhythmic movement (which definitely gives off a monotonous feel, which is intentional, I'm sure).

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