Fargo, 1996 - Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi. Dir. Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen.
Fargo is Fargo, a classic. Winning an Oscar for the Cohen Brothers and Frances McDormand both, spawning a hugely successful TV show, and exposing the world to the glories of the Minnesota accent, the film is a cultural juggernaut. The icy black comedy revolves around a collection of all the men you'd never want to date, from the pathetic coward to the pyscopathic killer via the egomaniacal incompetent, thrown together in a whirlwind of crosspurposes and miscommunication. Holding the centre is the quietly indomitable Police Chief played by McDormand who, along with her wonderful Norm, create a domestic hearth within the blizzard of dislocation and violence that surrounds them.
That Fargo is a great film kinda goes without saying. What strikes me is just how sinister and inhuman everything is, from the elements, to the decor. There is a sense that the sheer banality of the place and people might somehow drive someone to a kind of madness and that banality permeates the film. Anyone who wants something can only rage at their own impotence, only those who can be happy with what they've got can carry on. Worth seeing, again, and again.
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