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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Three Billboards is a film by Martin McDonagh and starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It is an outstanding film. I like it for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which are the great performances. As well, the characters are complex and contradictory.

The story is of a woman whose daughter has been raped and murdered  several months earlier. She has heard nothing from the police and decides to rent 3 billboards on a disused road outside of town, which read: Raped While Dying… And Still No Arrests?… How Come, Chief Willoughby? The officer on the case is a brutal racist. The police chief is dying of cancer. Mildred, played by Frances McDormand, wants justice and believes the billboards will keep the police focused on the case.

The troubling themes of the film are offset by a peculiar, painfully dark humour throughout. The screenplay is beautifully written.

Don’t miss this movie.

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