Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
USA | 2009 | 105mins | 35mm | colour
The Coen Brothers’ latest offering is the story of a simple man and his search for clarity in 1960s America. Larry’s wife is leaving him for one of his more obnoxious acquaintances while his brother is sleeping on the couch, his son is skiving off school and his daughter is stealing money to finance her nose job. Meanwhile, an anonymous hostile letter writer has also begun to sabotage Larrys’ chance for job promotion and the stunningly beautiful woman next door drives him insane by repeatedly sunbathing nude. Can anyone help Larry cope with his afflictions? Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism —and intersections thereof – this pitch-perfect black comedy of despair sees The Coen Brothers seizing the opportunity to make their most personal yet universal film to date.
Producers, Script: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Leading Players: Michael Stuhlbardm Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick Photography: Roger Deakins
Editor: Roderick Jaynes
Music: Carter Burwell
Print Source: Universal Ireland