A scene for 2 characters from the film "A Serious Man" by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

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About this Monologue

  • Characters: Larry Gopnik?Judith Gopnik???
  • Scene type / Who are: Married, Having an argument, Leaving/dumping somebody
  • Type: Serio-comic
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy
  • Description: Larry Gopnik is dumped by his wife
  • Location: 19 minutes into the movie

Summary

Set in 1967 in Minnesota, the story centers on Physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg). When his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) decides to leave him for another man, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), that she considers "a serious man", Larry's life begins to get out of control. On top of that he has to deal with his unemployed brother (Richard Kind) who sleeps on his couch, his out-of-control son (Aaron Wolff) who gets always into trouble at Hebrew school and his daughter (Jessica McManus) whose only preoccupation is to get money for a nose job...

In this scene Larry's wife Judith walks in the kitchen while Larry ...

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INT. LARRY GOPNIK'S HOUSE-NIGHT
Larry is going through his class' homework in the kitchen. Judith, his wife, walks in.

JUDITH: "Honey."

LARRY: "Honey."

JUDITH: "Did you talk to Sy?"

LARRY: "Ssssy? Sy Ableman. That's right, he called. But I..."

JUDITH: "You didn't talk to him?"

LARRY: "No."

JUDITH: "You know the problems that you and I have been having?"

LARRY: "Mmm-hmm."

JUDITH: "Well, Sy and I have become very close. In short, I think it's time that we start talking about a divorce."

Judith sits at the table. Larry stops working on the homework. Looks shocked.

LARRY: "Sy Ableman?"

JUDITH: "This is not about Sy."

...continued...



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