“The Coen brothers may just have made their masterpiece with this, their 14th feature and yet another hairpin-bend change of direction, which has been their trademark for their entire career.
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Below is a short movie clip from the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival world premiere of A Serious Man. It features brief interviews with start Michael Stuhlbarg and Amy Landecker and also a brief bit with Joel Coen at the podium.
With the world premiere of A Serious Man today at the Toronto International Film Festival you can expect the reviews to start coming in thick and fast. I will try to keep you up to date with them here over the coming days. Here, anyway, is the first one I’ve seen and it’s very positive indeed. From firstshowing.net;
Can the Coen Brothers ever do wrong? Okay, they can, but this really isn’t one of those times. A Serious Man is a seriously great film, with some brilliantly dark humor and a simple story that turns out to mean quite a bit by the end. It’s probably the most Jewish comedy you’ll see all year, about a Jewish family in a small Jewish town. The performances are all great and everything about it is pretty much spot on, but at this point I don’t think anyone expects any less from the Coens. And in terms of their comedy, I laughed more during this than I did during Burn After Reading, and I even really enjoyed that film (at Toronto last year).
A Serious Man actually has a surprisingly different story than you might be expecting, especially if you’ve seen the trailer. Everything starts to spin out of control in the life of Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a mathematics professor and father of a Jewish family, when his wife decides to leave him for another man, his crazy brother (Richard Kind) won’t move out of the house, and he starts to run out of money. Three of the local Rabbis he visits for advice don’t really tell him anything of value and he’s just about to lose it when his pot-smoking son finally has his Bar Mitzvah. It’s simple, but well-written, as usual from the Coens.
It’s not that I wasn’t expecting to laugh in a dark comedy from the Big Lebowski masterminds, I just didn’t think I would be able to get into a Jewish comedy as much as I would a spy thriller like Burn After Reading. However, as I already mentioned, I found myself laughing out loud more in this than in Burn After Reading. The comedy is dry, often times quite dark, and sometimes even unintentional, but it was perfectly conceived. There’s a great message in it that admittedly took me a while to gully figure out, but the film kept Peter from SlashFilm and I talking long afterward, which is a sign of great success, or at least spectacular filmmaking.
In short, I really enjoyed this film a lot, which wasn’t too big of a surprise for me. In the first few minutes I was already thinking to myself, “God damn, the Coens are brilliant.” They continue to create one great film after another and A Serious Man is just the latest fantastic feature from these two Minnesotan filmmakers.
Toronto Rating: 9 out of 10
The Coen brothers’ latest movie, A Serious Man, will have it’s US premiere as the opening movie of the the inaugural edition of the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival on Sept. 24 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
So, to sum up;
World Premiere – Saturday 12th September (9pm) at the Toronto International Film Festival
US Premiere – Thursday September 24th at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival
UK Premiere – Tuesday October 25th at the Times BFI 53rd London International Film Festival
As we already knew the Coen brothers’ latest movie, A Serious Man, is having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival but the schedules are now up and I can confirm the exact date and time as Saturday 12th September at 9pm (local time). So look forward to the first reviews over the weekend!!!
EDIT: Oh and the running time is confirmed as 105 mins.
Terrific news indeed- the Coen brothers latest creation, A Serious Man, has been confirmed as part of the line up of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as a “Special Presentation” in what will be its World Premiere. It’ll be showing between 10th and 19th of September though the actual date and time appear to have not yet been set.
Just think- the World Premiere of the new Coen movie is only around 6 weeks away!!! SIX WEEKS!
Thanks to Eugene for the nod.
So, Burn After Reading is having it’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 27th August, and now, it has been announced, the movie will have its North American premiere during the Toronto Film Festival, Friday September 5th to be precise. The festival itself takes place between the 4th and 13th of September and the theatrical release of the film is 12th of September. The movie’s runtime is also confirmed as 96 minutes.