What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to your mum in an argument? That you hate her? You hope she dies? You hope you die? For some reason, the daggers thrown in blazing anger can feel like they pass straight through the air, hitting no root of evil because, in your mum, there isn’t one.
But there is something in Mildred Hayes. The steely, brazen lead in Martin McDonagh’s new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been worn by age and pain. And she’s not afraid to let anyone know about it.
Nine months prior, Mildred’s teenage daughter, Angela, was murdered. Specifically, she was ‘raped while dying’, according to the first of three billboards Mildred rents in order to reinvigorate the case. But after mystery, grief and anger settle, little more is unearthed in the film to discover who actually killed Angela Hayes.
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