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A Serious Man (2009)

Comedy, Drama |.

A Serious Man is a black comedy-drama film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1967, the film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both professionally and personally, leading him to questions about his faith.

The film attracted a positive critical response, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for Stuhlbarg, a place on both the American Film Institute’s and National Board of Review’s Top 10 Film Lists of 2009, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In a prologue, a Jewish man in an unnamed 19th-century Eastern European shtetl tells his wife that he was helped on his way home by Reb Groshkover, whom he has invited in for soup. She says Groshkover is dead and the man he invited must be a dybbuk. Groshkover arrives and laughs off the accusation, but she plunges an ice pick into his chest. Bleeding, he exits their home into the snowy night.

In 1967, Larry Gopnik is a professor of physics living in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. His wife, Judith, tells him that she needs a get so she can marry widower Sy Ableman, with whom she has fallen in love. Meanwhile, their son Danny owes twenty dollars to an intimidating Hebrew school classmate for marijuana. He has the money, but it is hidden in a transistor radio that was confiscated by his teacher. Daughter Sarah is always washing her hair and going out.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Peter Breitmayer

Cast:

Michael StuhlbargLarry Gopnik
Richard KindUncle Arthur
Fred MelamedSy Ableman
Sari LennickJudith Gopnik
Aaron WolffDanny Gopnik
Jessica McManusSarah Gopnik
Peter BreitmayerMr. Brandt
Brent BraunschweigMitch Brandt
David KangClive Park
Benjamin PortnoeDanny’s Reefer Buddy
Jack SwilerBoy on Bus
Andrew S. LentzCursing Boy on Bus
Jon Kaminski Jr.Mike Fagle
Ari HoptmanArlen Finkle
Alan MandellRabbi Marshak
Amy LandeckerMrs. Samsky
George WynerRabbi Nachtner
Michael TezlaDr. Sussman
Katherine BorowitzFriend at the Picnic
Steve ParkClive’s Father (as Stephen Park)
Allen Lewis RickmanShtetl Husband
Yelena ShmulensonShtetl Wife
Fyvush FinkelDybbuk?
Ronald SchultzHebrew School Teacher
Raye BirkDr. Shapiro
Jane HammillLarry’s Secretary
Claudia WilkensMarshak’s Secretary
Simon HelbergRabbi Scott
Adam ArkinDivorce Lawyer
James CadaCop #1 (as Jim Cada)
Michael LernerSolomon Schlutz
Charles BrinHebrew School Principal
Michael EngelTorah Blesser
Tyson BidnerMagbiah
Phyllis HarrisHebrew School Tea Lady
Piper Sigel-BruseD’vorah (as Piper Sigel Bruse)
Hannah NemerSarah’s Friend
Rita VassalloLaw Firm Secretary
Warren KeithDick Dutton (voice)
Neil NewmanCantor
Tim RussellDetective #1
Jim LichtscheidlDetective #2
Wayne A. EvensonRussell Krauss
Scott Thompson BakerSci-Fi Movie Hero
Landyn BanxPhysics Student
Alana BloomPhysics Student
Stephanie BrightPhysics Student
Rita CannonPhysics Student
Matt CiciPhysics Student
David CohenBar Mitzvah Guest
Amanda DayPhysics Student
Devon A EarlyPhysics Student
John Edel1960s Beach Party Attendee
Jon FossPhysics Student
Arne GjeltenPhysics Student
Rachel GrubbBar Mitzvah Guest
Sherilyn HendersonNeighborhood Kid
Leon HilandPhysics Student
Punnavith KoyPhysics Nerd
Andy Rocco KraftPhysics Nerd
Nicole KruexPhysics Student
Katherine LoudenslagerHostess
Tammara MelloyMom on the beach
Lauri MuellerBar Mitzvah and Funeral Guest
Helen MurrayGrocery Store Patron
Lisa PechmillerBar Mitzvah Guest
Asher PinkBar Mitzvah Guest
Molly Elizabeth RingGirl at Beach
Lisa-Lou RosenbergBar Mitzvah and Funeral Guest
Ethan TarshishBar Mitzvah Guest
Benjamin TerryCollege student
Joel ThingvallBar Mitzvah Guest
Luke WeberStudent
Steven WotheBar Mitzvah and Funeral Guest

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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