Thanks for your observations, Dave. The movie is a meditation — Coen style — of religion and faith. It’s certainly the most overtly Jewish movie the Coens have ever made and likely the most autobiographical of their films, as it’s set in a location and era just like their upbringing.

Of course, it’s the Job story in its own way and raises the question: Why do bad things happen to good people? Larry’s character lies at the heart of that question and the Coen’s answer to the question is probably best summed up by this Ethan poem:

“The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way”

The loudest have the final say,
The wanton win, the rash hold sway,
The realist’s rules of order say
The drunken driver has the right of way.
The Kubla Khan can butt in line;
The biggest brute can take what’s mine;
When heavyweights break wind, that’s fine;
No matter what a judge might say,
The drunken driver has the right of way.
The guiltiest feel free of guilt;
Who care not, bloom; who worry, wilt;
Plans better laid are rarely built
For forethought seldom wins the day;
The drunken driver has the right of way.
The most attentive and unfailing
Carefulness is unavailing
Wheresoever fools are flailing;
Wisdom there is held at bay,
The drunken driver has the right of way.
De jure is de facto’s slave;
The most foolhardy beat the brave;
Brass routs restraint; low lies high’s grave;
When conscience leads you, it’s astray;
The drunken driver has the right of way.
It’s only the naivest who’ll
Deny this, that the reckless rule;
When facing an oncoming fool
The practiced and sagacious say
Watch out — one side — look sharp — gang way.
However much you plan and pray,
Alas, alack,
tant pis, oy vey,
Now — heretofore — til Judgment Day,
The drunken driver has the right of way.

Fate as a drunken driver. We have no control over it, suffer whatever consequences based on its erratic behavior.

Great movie. Glad you read the script.

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