A Serious Man script
A Serious Man (2009)
Synopsis: Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor at a 1960s university, but his life is coming apart at the seams. His wife (Sari Lennick) is leaving him, his jobless brother (Richard Kind) has moved in, and someone is trying to sabotage his chances for tenure. Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, but whether anyone can help him overcome his many afflictions remains to be seen.

Reb Groshkover

I shaved hastily this morning and missed a bit—by you this

makes me a dybbuk?

He appeals to the husband:

. . . It’s true, I was sick with typhus when I stayed with

Peselle, but I recovered, as you can plainly see, and now

I—hungh!

The wife steps back.

Reb Groshkover looks slowly down at his own chest in which the wife has just planted an

ice pick.

Reb Groshkover stares at the ice pick.

The wife stares.

The husband stares.

Reb Groshkover bursts out laughing:

. . . What a wife you have!

The husband can manage only a shocked whisper:

Man

Woman, what have you done?

Reb Groshkover looks down again at the ice pick in his chest, the sight refreshing his

laughter. He shakes his head.

Reb Groshkover

Yes, what have you done?

He looks at the husband.

. . . I ask you, Velvel, as a rational man: which of us is

possessed?

Wife

What do you say now about spirits? He is unharmed!

Reb Groshkover

. . . What a wife you have!

The husband can manage only a shocked whisper:

Man

Woman, what have you done?

Reb Groshkover looks down again at the ice pick in his chest, the sight refreshing his

laughter. He shakes his head.

Reb Groshkover

Yes, what have you done?

He looks at the husband.

. . . I ask you, Velvel, as a rational man: which of us is

possessed?

Wife

What do you say now about spirits? He is unharmed!

Reb Groshkover

On the contrary! I don’t feel at all well.

And indeed, blood has begun to soak through his vest.

He chuckles with less energy.

. . . One does a mitzvah and this is the thanks one gets?

Man

Dora! Woe, woe! How can such a thing be!

Reb Groshkover

Perhaps I will have some soup. I am feeling weak. . .

He rises to his feet but totters.

. . . Or perhaps I should go. . .

He smiles weakly at Dora..

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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