I’m definitely looking forward to A Serious Man because of the local flavor. It is set and was filmed in Minnesota, the home of the Coen’s. Not quite as ‘Minnesota’ as Fargo, but definitely will have a lot of the same references.
The film stars relative newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg in what could be a breakthrough performance. It also has some awards talk behind it for Richard Kind, a one-note, yet usually hilarious comedic actor. Even when the Coen’s aren’t at the top of their game, they still deliver great stuff.
The trailer premiered on Apple, which means it is not yet embeddable, but click here to take a look.
(More trailer discussion after the jump…)
This is one of the best trailers I have seen all year. It’s inventive, funny, and gives you a good idea about the tone of the film. It uses a repetitive and increasing beat, which implies that the protagonist Larry Gopnik lives a monotonous life and is at the end of his rope. We don’t really get much of a look at any of the other characters, besides a few apparent bit roles. However, there’s nothing wrong with this because nobody gives bit roles more of a chance to shine than the Coens. (Think of the gas station owner in No Country for Old Men or the guy shoveling his driveway in Fargo.)
The film will be released in the U.S. on October 2nd, 2009.