In April 2007 (before No Country for Old Men was released), I wrote up a trade piece on the casting of the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading, which was about to go into production. At the end of that paragraph, I also noted: “Oh, and this just in: They’ve announced a third project they’re working on — a film called A Serious Man. No details were given.”
That’s all we ever wrote about A Serious Man. It’s as much as anyone else wrote, too. In this day and age, and as popular as the Coen Brothers are, they somehow managed to make a movie completely under the radar. There were no casting announcements. No leaked images. No publicized set skirmishes. They somehow managed to make a movie without alerting every news outlet and movie website on the Internet.
I respect the hell out of that, but if other filmmakers start pulling that shit, I’m going to be out of a job.
Anyway, completely out of nowhere (no Facebook announcements heralding its arrival), there’s a trailer for A Serious Man, which is due out in just two months. I suspect part of the reason that the movie has been able to fly under the radar as well as it has is because it’s a largely no-name cast. The biggest names in the movie are Richard Kind, Adam Arkin, and Fyvush Finkel — who knew he was still alive?!
The logline: A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house.
And here’s the trailer: