Monday, October 5, 2009

A Serious Man


When the truth is found to be lies
and all the joy within you dies
don't you want somebody to love
don't you need somebody to love
wouldn't you love somebody to love
you better find somebody to love

When the garden flowers baby are dead yes
and your mind is full of red
don't you want somebody to love
don't you need somebody to love
wouldn't you love somebody to love
you better find somebody to love....

(Darby Slick)

Poor Larry Gopnik, desperately seeking certainty. But his times they are a changin'--he can't get no lovin', he can't get no satisfaction; all he can do is, as his Korean student's father urges, "Accept the mystery."

Maybe, just maybe, in referencing the Jefferson Airplane song throughout this movie, the Coen brothers are implying the only rational/irrational response to the State of Things: All you need is love. Think about it: love is the essence of mystery; its course is always uncertain; and yet, ironically, there ain't no cure (thank God) for regarding love as immutable, everlasting. Love is the drug and we need to score.

So lumber up and limbo down....

1 comment:

  1. Love is not the answer; the answer is the answer. But it comes in riddles as when God spoke to Job out of the whirlwind and told him...nothing.

    My favorite emendation to the Job story in this movie is that his comforter (Fred Melamed) is also an instigator of his torment, and ultimately an additional financial burden, as well. The Bible forgot to include the affliction of hypocrisy.

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