Such a face! I just love pet photography, elpicealsy labs-their eyes are so expressive. Fitting that you chose the week of the Westminster Dog Show to post this. The brown colored fur makes it so much easier to see their eyes. My labs are black, and properly exposing their eyes is sometimes a bit tricky. Give Tahoe a pat on the head for me!
Even after viewing this film a few times since early 2010, despite the slow humor I still found it quietly disturbing until it's meaning and message slowly dawned on me.. I realized it had to do with identifying with the main character's need to mathematically rationalize a series of overlapping events (based on the "wisdom" of his religion as they were occurring) when he hasn't "done anything" to deserve it.
Larry does not have the advantage of meeting ancestors for advice on dealing decisively with anomalies of nature/"evil" and thus can not see the parallel in his life when he unwittingly allows various issues to escalate and intertwine because of his weakness in gaining respect from Sy, his wife, kids, neighbors, students, colleagues, rabbis, etc. .
The clue to achieving religious clarity is stated at the beginning of the film where we are advised to "receive with simplicity" the things that happen to us. Because he has not done this (he is accustomed to complex equations), after he finds himself in crisis and gives into temptation (finally accepting the bribe because of financial pressure) he realizes too late that the prior events were meaningless when he receives the "bad news" phone call from his doctor and the mysteriously tornado shows up without warning.
The core message of the film seems to be that complicated but meaningless misery will surely follow if you don't act to drive out the the unwanted things that have entered your life and will make it difficult to distinguish between acts of God (inevitably caused by our "sins") and the lessons to be learned.
Life is complicated. It won't end with everything resolved... it will just end. Like the movie
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