‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’: thirst for justice and revenge | The Panama Press

Added to corruption, a deteriorating environment, rampant unemployment, poverty that does not stop, the food crisis that worsens, racism and xenophobia that grow, a half freedom, plus the reign of despotism, an economy unequal and state waste … Wow … an uncertain future in the making, there is another social evil that hits the world: the lack of justice, as posed by pride Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

There are those who kidnap, torture, rape or kill, or all of the above together, and the law does not reach those responsible for these crimes, as the torn, lonely and condemned characters who populate that cry and that protest entitled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Three ads for a crime), a dramatic black comedy that received 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing and Leading Actress.

This production, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, explores one of those realities that shouldn’t happen anywhere or at any time: a police system that has few resources to solve all kinds of atrocities, or that has too many cases to attend and little time and personnel to catch the perpetrators of these actions, or something simpler and even more serious: sometimes, the power of justice is sick with the cancer of indifference and I do not care about the victims and their families.

Mildred (masterfully played by Frances McDormand) is a lower-class mother who is neither perfect nor loving, but who is eager for a change. He wants, for a change, that the police of Ebbing (a fictional town in the rural south of the United States) do your job: investigate and find those responsible for a murder, that of your young daughter.

It has been a long time and there have been no breakthroughs or arrests since the blood event occurred. For this reason, despair, pain, anger, frustration and helplessness, as well as dignity and the thirst for the right thing to be done, lead to Mildred to a radical, urgent and necessary decision: he finances with the scarce financial resources that he has the installation of a series of three billboards in the surroundings where his adolescent daughter was killed.

The three fences, located on the outskirts of Ebbing, Missouri, They settle a few feet away from each other, and they say: “They raped her while she was dying,” “And there are no arrests yet?”, “How is that, Chief Willoughby?”


Was it keeping quiet or raising your voice? Was it letting time forget a bloody event, as it has happened with others, or putting a stop to so much cruelty and resignation? These are the dilemmas of Mildred, the central character of the excellent tragicomedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Three ads for a crime).

Mildred is a rebel who carries out a revolution, and revolutions are not always understood, not even by those who would benefit from the reforms it would bring.

Maybe the people in the Ebbing of the world are more concerned because there is no work, because the economy is in a mess, because they are closing businesses, because the schools are in tatters, that there is more robbery and less surveillance, and they do not care enough about the fate of a vulgar mother , given to aggressiveness, which is zero friendly, nor what happened to her daughter (raped and murdered), whose personality was quite similar to that of her mother.
Because the filmmaker and writer Martin McDonagh does not want the viewer to believe that everything was roses and happiness in the home of Mildred.

Nor did he build the policemen as holy men Willoughby (a magnificent Woody Harrelson) and Dixon (a great Sam Rockwell), in charge of the case of the abused and brutally eliminated girl.

What’s up, nobody in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri it is perfect, or entirely good or villainous, because all of them, like many of us, are innocent and guilty.

The inhabitants of Ebbing They are normal like any ordinary person and, therefore, more than one is imperfect, complex, indecisive, selfish, evil and twisted.

Hence that Mildred, day after day, it receives both support and rejection from a humiliated people who do not fully understand the magnitude and value of this protest. Mother Courage.

Martin McDonagh, through Mildred, reminds the viewer that many times the police only serve to be the repressive arm of the powerful, whether they are rulers, politicians, members of Wall Street or drug traffickers, it doesn’t matter.

Mildred, working-class and possibly uneducated, she grew weary of being the defenseless. Hence, he is on the warpath with all forms of authority (the State, marriage, the Constitution, machismo and religion), because they have served him little.

North of Mildred It is putting in their place a sector of a cynical society that does not help them, but that does criticize their behavior and without disgust turns their back on them.


Martin McDonagh It seeks to make the audience feel progressively irritated, to demand no longer justice but immediate revenge, and more than one, from his seat, will want those guilty of the horrible crime to be punished, ignoring due process.

Minutes before it’s over Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, after interesting transformations of its characters and the odd surprise twist in its plot, Martin McDonagh decides to lower the intensity and adrenaline a bit.

For this reason, he proposes that before each person exercises the law of retaliation as they see fit, human beings must breathe and think before taking justice into our own hands, in order to return to being as civilized as possible under the circumstances, because some The characters in this film learn, the hard way, that there are other ways to combat hatred and evil, because they understood that if they become as violent as the perpetrators they want to find, lock up and eliminate, they run the risk of ending up looking like them.


Martin McDonagh he passed in his car through a town of Georgia, Alabama, when he saw three billboards on a lonely road that talked about an unsolved crime.

It was then that this British screenwriter and director came up with the idea that this image could be the beginning of a cinematographic story.

From the front line McDonagh wrote the script for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri thinking about Frances McDormand (North Country and Mississippi Burning) was the only one who could play the central character, although the actress had reservations.

The first time he was offered the role, McDormand She replied that she was not prepared to assume the role of a middle-aged mother who seeks justice for the murder of her daughter, among others, because she felt too young for the responsibility. Years later he proposed the same character to him, and he was the husband of Frances, the director and screenwriter Joel Coen, who convinced her that she should accept this challenge. Frances is already used to being the muse of film writers, since she himself Joel coen He also wrote the libretto for Fargo (1996, with his brother Ethan Coen), thinking of his romantic partner, and offered McDormand to be a pregnant police chief in Minnesota, which allowed him to obtain the Oscar as the lead actress.

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