Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh
USA/GB, 2017
Fiction, 116min, OmdU

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh
USA/GB, 2017
Fiction, 116min, OmdU

Cast: 
Frances McDormand
Mildred Hayes
Woody Harrelson
Sheriff Bill Willoughby
Sam Rockwell
Officer Jason Dixon
Clarke Peters
Abercrombie
Screenplay: 
Martin McDonagh
Camera: 
Ben Davis
Editor: 
Jon Gregory
Composer: 
Carter Burwell
Decoration: 
Inbal Weinberg
Costume: 
Melissa Toth

Production: 
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Film4 Productions
Blueprint Pictures
Cutting Edge Group production
World Sales: 
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Distribution in Austria: 
20th Century Fox
Format: 
DCP
Color

Mildred Hayes has lost her teenage daughter who was raped and killed. Because the local sheriff does not put enough effort into the search for the killer, Mildred is getting active by herself. “Soon it seems clear where the movie is headed: to a battle between the police and Mildred, the aggrieved citizen who has taken the law into her own hands. Yet the black-and-white moral lines quickly bleed into shades of gray. It’s Frances McDormand’s passion that welds this picture together. She makes Mildred a heroic fighter, but the actress has never played someone so eaten up by fury, to the point that it renders the character at once sympathetic and forbidding. Yet it’s Mildred’s glowering refusal to back down that defines her, and McDormand brilliantly spotlights the conflicted humanity beneath the stony façade. On some level Mildred is just a small-town single mom who works in a gift shop, but she wears her jumpsuit and gray-polka-dotted bandana like a soldier’s uniform.” (Owen Gleiberman)