Larry is a spectator in his own life. He tries to understand everything but his own actions. But, since the Coens are Jewish, the incongruous word choice here is probably deliberate. Up to this point, his life has been uneventful at best, but things are about to get interesting. Larry is a modest man of science. Even his dreams involving the sexy neighbour make him uncomfortable. And not forget that the action of this movie was set at the time of the Six Day War.
To further complicate matters, a graduate student with failing grades is attempting to bribe the professor while simultaneously threatening him with a defamation lawsuit. This would have happened regardless of whether Larry changed the grade or not. What else can go wrong? Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. How are you going to act? A marriage that the lightly observant, suburban Jews that populate A Serious Man clearly take for granted. I think the old man was also a schlemiel.
Theatrical Distributor, Clmc Multimedia Sa. Job never received answers besides God is God. Having intelligence and an inquisitive mind is supposed to help us find answers to the very meaning of existence — but no, it is ignorance and stupidity that lead to confidence and calm, while analytic thinking brings with it only uncertainty and unsolvable dilemmas. The two events happening in the sequence they did are mere coincidence. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman , who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Like Job, Larry was being tested, but, by accepting the bribe to change the grade, he failed the test.
Hi I saw this film recently. He was doing the exact same thing as the kid! The latter argue that if the reason for each mitzvah could be determined, people might try to achieve what they see as the purpose of the mitzvah, without actually performing the mitzvah itself lishmah , which would become self-defeating. When his wife, Judith, announces that she is leaving him to move in with his smug colleague Sy Ableman, Larry does his best to contend with his failed marriage while barely tolerating his unemployable brother, Arthur, who appears to have grown roots on Larry's couch. Unfortunately, Larry was not in the room to hear it. Does God speak to us in the world? The Jew hating neighbor passes on his reality to his son as it was passed onto him. The main protagonist is looking for an objective answer to his problems without realising a more personal relationship to god or the unknown may help.
This is a perfectly reasonable position for Nachter to take: what better way to rationalize his own incompetence and lack of understanding? Or is just one more damn thing happening without cause and unpredictably and likely causing more human suffering without any real rationale? I agree that the best advice came, inadvertently, from the oldest rabbi when he quoted Jefferson Airplane. Why would a student David Kang clearly fail an exam, leave bribe money on his desk and then act to destroy him? What it means: Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Larry is having a dream in which he is explaining the Uncertainty Principle to his class. Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, but whether anyone can help him overcome his many afflictions remains to be seen. Production Company, Sony Pictures Scoring Stage. What the Coens are saying, I think, is that if you have the tendency to believe in a curse, you will always find evidence to justify that belief.
Theatrical Distributor, Fs Film Oy. I do like your point about the last rabbi. Production Company, Big Film Design. This is the traitor who has stolen away Gopnik's wife, and he believes it will be good if they have a long, helpful talk. . What Does this Movie Mean? Best part of story, including ending: I loved the film.
The woman is condemned to certitude, the man, to incertitude, at least when the times are hard, when a decision has to be made, when the family find itself in a forked dramatic situation… And in this scene, they are each of them, in their very roles. My opinion is that the Coen Brothers are not trying to make just a single meaning out of the film but multiple. This is the story of a Jewish physics professor, Larry Gropnik. Storey is a successful Briti. To view Larry changing the grade at the end as having some causal relationship to him receiving bad news from the doctor and even the tornado coming at the end is to make the mistake Larry has made all throughout the film — to try and impose meaning on unrelated events in an attempt to make sense of the world. He won a small amount of money and gave it away, he is not conforming to the conventional illusion that money defined you.
It depends what you want or choose to believe. The former believe that if people were to understand the reason and the purpose for each mitzvah, it would actually help them to observe and perform the mitzvah some mitzvot are given reasons in the Torah. His office is like a vortex, swirling a great mass of stuff. Or is he not dead? The mass difference between the kernel and the electron is huge. Is he willingly trying to ingratiate himself with the next generation? Whose cry for help is it? It could also be argued for those disagreeing with the idea that phone call is immediate divine punishment for his changing the grade , that although the X-rays were done at the start of the movie, before the bribe was left on his desk, at the same time God being omniscient knew that Larry was going to fail the moral test to be put before him, so set his fate a priori. Listening to Jefferson Airplane instead of studying. Or is he just having a really bad month? As I said though, this is a wink, a tip of the hat by the Cohen brothers.