Three Billboards*

"Very few recent movies have made me laugh and cry in equal measure as much as this one. Very few films recently are this good."

Showing Times

Sat 20 Jan 15:00
Sat 20 Jan 17:40
Sat 20 Jan 20:20
Sun 21 Jan 14:30
Sun 21 Jan 17:00

With serendipitous timing, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) delivers a film about a woman, Mildred (the incomparable Frances McDormand), driven by the rape and murder of another woman.  McDonagh graciously admits the good luck in this timing, in the #metoo zeitgeist, but the film would stand out at any time.

A bereaved mother siezes on the opportunity to call out the local police for not finding her daughter's killer.  With no forensic evidence the trail is cold, but Mildred's pain burns hot. Her triptych of billboards challenge popular, terminally ill police chief (Woody Harrelson) on the lack of progress, they divide the close community, and they galvanise the loyalty of faithful deputy, Willoughby (played by Sam Rockwell).  He's a man who stumbles over the bureaucracy of his job, but is empowered by the gun in his hand.  In this modern Western, though, foul-mouthed Mildred is more than his equal for the metaphorical shoot out at dawn.  Not that there is any such pat resolution here - or clear sense of black and white.

From  "The world is more complex than most movies would have you think, and it takes a writer of remarkable ability to convey that. Not every speedbump given us by life teaches us tolerance. A daughter shouldn’t die at all, much less brutally. But what do we do with that knowledge? How do we channel our anger at an unjust world? “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is one of those truly rare films that feels both profound and grounded; inspirational without ever manipulatively trying to be so."

*Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Our Greene Sunday screening this month is on 21st Jan at 5:00.  This is great film at the great price of £2.50, courtesy of local estate agents, Greene & Co.  The Lexi's allocation of tickets for this is now sold out but additional tickets are available direct from local Greene & Co offices in Kensal Rise and Willesden Green.


Film Information

115 mins

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