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TLDR: Help a pleb understand A Serious Man by the Coen brothers
I want to make it clear that I am a complete pleb when it comes to cinema, and I've never really watched anything more mentally engaging than Jurassic Park. I watched this film last night on a whim, and while I loved it I didn't understand most of it. These elements were especially confusing.
Why a tornado? Why not some other disaster? A gunman or something seemed more appropriate.
What was the significance of only showing his face right in the final shot?
I have no clue.
>The anonymous letters
Who was sending them?
Apparently, this film was a "dark comedy". I never even considered this before reading the wiki entry. I don't get the humor.
No matter how much I think about these elements I still don't get it. I'm hoping some of you enlightened individuals can help me.
Also, here's a bunch of stuff I think I might understand, but if I'm wrong please tell me.
In reference to the start of the film, we don't know whether the characters are alive or dead, just like with that old man. Also, at the start of the film, we have a scene involving Schrödinger's cat (soon?) after the classroom-earpiece-scene, which is again repeated at the end of the film. So the characters are both alive and dead, because we can't metaphorically see into the box? Perhaps it's a matter of perspective, like the junior rabbi said?
>Looking for answers
Looking for answers in this film is pointless, just like with the dentist story.
I only know the basic overview of the bible story, so I didn't see any references or symbolism connected to it
That's about it, really. Any help would be appreciated.