The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man Trailer


Well it was just announced earlier this week that The Coen Brothers’ next film A Serious Man would be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer has arrived online. The Coens rarely seem to do two movies in a row that are similar since their interests and talents span a wide variety of genres. In this case, A Serious Man actually does feel a little bit like their last film Burn After Reading in that it’s something of a dark comedy. But from this trailer it’s still hard to fully grasp what exactly to expect from this film.

I like the fact that it’s a bit mysterious though, and I love how most of it is set to the soundtrack of the main character (played by Michael Stuhlbarg) having his head repeatedly slammed against a blackboard. Unlike Burn After Reading, there certainly aren’t many big names in this film (the only one I recognize off the bat is Richard Kind). The story is set in 1967. Larry Gopnik is a professor at a midwestern university and finds out that his wife is leaving him. After that, the rest of his life starts to fall apart as well. Check out the trailer after the jump or watch it in HD over at A Serious Man hits theatres on October 2nd.

  • Sly

    this is – so far and by far – my favorite trailer of 2009

  • Bob The Slob

    genius trailer.

  • In the closing scrawl the quote all the zany Coens, with the absence of Hudsucker and the addition of No Country, so it is hard to get a read on what the overall tone of the will be. I’m betting on subdued Black Comedy.

  • It is supposed to be a very dark comedy.

  • ^^^^^^^^^^^^A description of which fits a good many of the COENs films, even some of the zanyier ones.

  • Yes! Best trailer of the year. The music at the end makes it.

  • Amazing trailer! Looks like the Coens is gonna hit a home run with this one.

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  • Tomas

    I get do not get what is so great or funny about this based on the trailer. It just seems to be full of self pity and neuroticism.

  • modesilver

    eh i’m not a big fan of their style of film, but i’ll still check it out for the heck of it.

    btw the protagonist looks exactly like a younger version of the dad from american pie XD

  • Fatbologna

    Tomas, you answered your own question…

  • Tomas

    Fatbologna: I guess it may be entertainment to some.