Friday, January 8, 2010
A Serious Man
The Cohen brothers have struck gold yet again. Their latest masterpiece has them gently blurring the lines between sharp social satire and the bottomless abyss of personal isolation. Not since Barton Fink, have the Cohen brothers drenched a film with such profound metaphors regarding religion, morality, and the exasperation of the human condition. The banality of spiritual bureaucracy is exposed with such a piercing focus that one can't help but empathize with the hero's futile search for answers. Each interaction with the film's marvelously constructed characters represents another obstacle in this Kafka-like pursuit for the undefinable. Does our hero finally find relief or was this all just preparation for the inevitable?