Once again, the Coens wrestle with the problem of evil, in a movie perhaps even bleaker (but also funnier) than "No Country
." Here, they create a Job-like parable about a scholar (Michael Stuhlbarg
) who struggles with his Jewish faith amid a series of personal and professional catastrophes. Set in the suburban Minnesota Jewish community of the 1960s that was the site of the Coens' boyhood, the movie seems to suggest that, yes, your God is real, and yes, He has a plan for you -- but you're not going to like it.