“A Serious Man”
Deep examinations of Judaism aren’t as common as their Christian counterparts, but leave it to the Coen brothers to corner the market on them right out of the gate. In what’s basically a modern retelling of the Book of Job, college professor Larry experiences a variety of crises both spiritual and interpersonal. Unlike The Bible, “A Serious Man” ends on an ambiguous note.
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
The belief in reincarnation, which exists in many religions, is explored here. This is probably the only “religious movie” in which a woman has a sexual encounter with a fish, but there it is. There’s an element of magic in all religion, and that element is given full force here. You might not learn anything concrete about religion, but the feeling of wonder and magic is pretty great anyway.