Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

July 27, 2014

30 Film Females: Fargo (1996)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 11:17 am

It’s hard enough getting up off the sofa when seven months pregnant, let alone traipsing around snowy Minnesota in search of some fun-loving, “funny-lookin” criminals.  So all the more credit to Fargo‘s amiable-yet-steely police chief Marge Gunderson, gamely played by Frances McDormand in Oscar-winning form: “OK, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting, these folks drive by, there’s a high-speed pursuit, ends here and then this execution-type deal.”  The film is also famous for recreating the sing-song accent and Minnesota-nice behaviour typical to the region.

By my count, there are seven murders throughout the film (though a recent recount gives me six, as Gaear is arrested at the end).  Incidentally, this tally is dwarfed by one particular scene in the recent TV series starring Martin Freeman on Channel 4).  I’ve always been intrigued by US population signs – they’re usually based on recent census statistics, but I thought it would be amusing to show one that had been graffitied to represent the events of the film.  I wanted to show repeated crossing-outs, but couldn’t get the spacing right in my basic graphics editor.  According to this article in the Wisconsin State Journal, communities are allowed to update the signs, though I doubt Chief Gunderson would approve of such wanton hooliganism.  You betcha!

Honourable mentions for 1996: both dysfunctional mother Brenda Blethyn and abandoned daughter Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies. Also Juliette Binoche as the sympathetic WW2 nurse in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient.





  1. Just added the honourable mentions for 1996, as I was in too much of a rush when I first posted this!

    Comment by ootastic — August 5, 2014 @ 9:34 am

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