Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

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  • Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
  • Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
  • Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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16 October 2017 | rubenm
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| Extremely funny film about grief, anger, revenge and violence
It seemed that the pregnant police detective Marge Gunderson from 'Fargo' would forever be the most memorable character of Frances McDormand's acting career. But now I'm not so sure. Mildred Hayes, the heroine from 'Three Billboards', is a serious contender. This might well be her best performance ever.

The part of Mildred Hayes was written with McDormand in mind. Hayes is a divorced single mother, living with her son on the outskirts of a small, remote town. She had a daughter too, but the girl was raped and killed on a quiet mountain road not far from home. Frustrated by the lack of progress of the investigation, Hayes decides to rent three dilapidated billboards, publicly accusing the local police chief of incompetence. By doing so, she attracts the attention of the media, angers almost the entire town and causes a succession of increasingly violent actions.

Although the film is about grief, anger, revenge and violence, it is extremely funny. Above all because of Mildred Hayes' stubborn character and her ability to verbally humiliate people by her extremely sharp tongue. The monologue she delivers when a priest visits her house to tell her she has gone too far, is priceless.

Apart from McDormand's performance, the screenplay is another great feature of this film. The story is full of unexpected twists, gradually shifting the positions of the main characters towards each other. None of the characters are one-dimensional: they all reveal surprising parts of their personalities as the story moves forward.

And then there is the overall, almost Coen-esque atmosphere of a small town full of colourful characters. There is a racist cop, a friendly midget, a smart advertising guy and a pretty girl who is so dumb she doesn't know the difference between polo and polio.

It is hard to mention something negative about this film. 'Three Billboards' is, from start to finish, a great movie. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.

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Though it was initially supposed to be a simple task, Sam Rockwell's accent research was very involved. According to dialect coach Liz Himelstein, Rockwell likes to find authentic people and record them for accent references. Himelstein watched an episode of Cops (1989) from Springfield, Missouri and tweeted the police department requesting an interview with the Chief of Police. Not long afterward, Himelstein and Rockwell Skyped with the officer and learned about his life and his job. "The officer actually came up with the word 'clank' for jail", she says. "Sam brought that to Martin, and he agreed to put that word in the script." Then, she says, the officer made a recording of himself saying all of Rockwell's lines. From there, Sam studied the recordings.


Quotes

Mildred Hayes: You Red Welby?
Red Welby: Yes, ma'am. How may I help you?
Mildred Hayes: I heard there's three billboards out on Drinkwater Road. You're in charge of renting them out, that right?
Red Welby: I didn't know we had any billboards out on Drinkwater. Where is Drinkwater Road?
Mildred Hayes: It's a road ...


Goofs

Contrary to popular belief, the police stations in small towns are not open 24/7. Dispatch operations and jails are often handled by the county sheriff, with the police station open to the public only during business days and hours. Any officers on duty after business hours are usually only in the station at the start and end of their shifts, or when they have to take care of paperwork.


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Radio Song
Written by
Ian Felice, Josh Rawson, James Felice, Gregory Farley, Simone Felice
Performed by The Felice Brothers
Published by BMG Rights Management UK Ltd., a BMG Company and Rough Trade Publishing
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
Courtesy of Loose Music/ New York Pro Records

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