Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a hapless Midwestern physics prof, trying to find reason, rhyme, and wisdom in the unraveling of his life, his religion no longer holding the comfort it once did. The Coens mine typical Jewish tropes of searching for (and complaining about) both answers and problems, to great effect. The blackest of comedies, A Serious Man also ultimately succeeds as a quiet message of faith.
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