A SERIOUS MAN

Country: USA
Language: Eng
Year of production: 2009
Length: 106′
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
Screenwriters: Joel & Ethan Coen
Producers: Joel & Ethan Coen
Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus

Synopsis:

It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his acquaintances, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed). Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) has a discipline problem and is a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is stealing money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy blithely make new arrangements, and his brother becomes 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, 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 serious man?