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Did you hear the one about the guy who lived in the land of Uz, who was perfect and upright and feared God? His name was Job. In the new movie version, A Serious Man, some details have been changed. Hes called Larry Gopnik and he lives in Minnesota, where he teaches physics at a university. When we first meet Larry, in the spring of 1967, his tenure case is pending, his sons bar mitzvah is approaching, and, as in the original, a lot of bad stuff is about to happen, for no apparent reason.

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