A Serious Man
The Coens in more interior mode (a la Barton Fink and The Man Who Wasn't There). An excellent film, from the darkly funny folktale that takes up the first 10 minutes to an ending that recalls another of their recent films by not tying everything up neatly.
Unlike No Country For Old Men, there's little in the way of plot; the premise appears loosely to be the Book of Job, but takes in meditations on action and inaction, faith and reason, quantum mechanics and the Mentaculus! Great performances all round, but Fred Melamed as Sy Ableman probably wins the instant classic Coen character award.