Frances: The Oscar has your name

By Carolina Vergara. @carojournalist


Oh Frances! Do you have your speech ready? Because the Oscar has your name.

We see the first scene of "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" and we already know that Frances will give us a harrowing performance.


Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) lives the mourning of her teenage daughter Angela, who was raped and then murdered, seven months ago. Mildred, angry at the lack of progress in the investigation, leases three giant ads near her house, which has the following written: "Raped while she died", "Still no arrest?" How is this possible, officer Willoughby? "


The three ads have a profound impact on the population of Ebbing. The police chief, Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and the racist officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), consider that these ads are not entirely fair with the work done and the billboards exposes them directly in the media. The three announcements become news, therefore the death of Angela returns to be priority.


Thus begins a battle between Mildred and the Ebbing police force.


The director and writer of the film, Martin McDonagh, gives us a message about retracting our anger, even at times when our anger is justified and rational.


The plot is driven by anger, which has a purpose and a role to play: it manages action and social change. It's the way Mildred catharsis.


When Mildred sees that the investigation into the murder of her daughter is going nowhere, she takes justice into her own hands.


These are times when we see this daily, which causes a serious tendency to chaos. We see how in different parts of the world, citizens, not being represented or heard decide to take their anger and act.


The movie tells us "anger breeds greater anger". So we see, in one scene, that Officer Dixon directs his pain in a terrible fit of rage and violence.


What a great performance of Sam Rockwell as the official Dixon, a man not very intelligent, who still lives with his mother, racist, who has a brutal history of violence and abuse. Undoubtedly, this performance will give his first Oscar to Sam Rockwell, who gives us a character so well interpreted.


Finally, the three announcements bring Mildred a close to her duel that she could not have otherwise. The film speaks directly to the world in which we live today, a crude and brutal portrait of society.


The final message of "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" is that love is the cure and that we should look at ourselves with more humanity and compassion.




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