FARGO (1996, US)

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FARGO (1996, US)

Post by Wallace on Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:36 pm

Yes, I actually see this as a comedy of sorts. Dark comedy.
 
What the Coen Brothers are making mock of here is Americans themselves - specifically the retards they themselves were brought up amongst in their childhood in Minnesota.

MidAmerica retard-society.Your next door neighbours which  grunt , and speak like retard-zombies.

Totally cold people (and not just because of the weather) ; emotion sucked out of them by daily exposure to  blood & guns on telly shows & news.
 



A car salesman hires two thugs to kidnap his wife so her rich father will pay the ransom and he splits the money with the kidnappers.
Things go awyr and 3 people are murdered.
 
This is happening in a small town where Chatty-Cathy-type ,pregnant Margie is sherrif  and her sole deputy is distinctly outwardly hillbilly-like. I say outwardly, cos in the end, both prove to be extremely efficient cops.
Trouble is - nothing, absolutely nothing seems to phase them, or, perhaps even EVERYONE in the community. (These cops are the direct opposite of the cops I recently watched in the Wallender series. Those Swedish cops went to crime scenes alert, guns out, ...adrenalin-pumping...concerned for their own lives.)

So fully-pregnant Margie goes out alone in  6 inches of snowfall-wasteland looking for two killers. Her husband at home says nothing just makes her a breakfast egg and basically , totally-unconcerned, says "have a good day,honey."
 
Marge comes out to the snowy tundra to investigate the  three corpses - one a child. She begins to throw-up, but its not out of repulsion or any such emotion. "Morning sickness" she explains to the hillbilly , then she says something like, "I'll be okay once I get that hamburger into me."
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Re: FARGO (1996, US)

Post by Lord Spewbutt on Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:45 pm

It is a brilliant dark comedy, but you are being a little harsh with Margie.  I took her excuse for tossing chunks and mentioning the burger as bravado, not cold heartedness.  Plus her relationship with her husband shows a very sweet side of her.  BTW, everyone sees it as a dark comedy.  If you like that you might also like Blood Simple, it has more complexity to the characters imo.
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Post by Wallace on Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:53 pm

Oh yeah, she has a sweet side alright - as exemplified by the scene where she meets her old highschool friends ,the Chinese guy living home with his parents.
Chatty people always have a sweet side.

Notice in the film all the characters basically have no depth in their conversation. Almost childlike loss of emotion - especially the car salesman (well I guess thats a given - what with him being a used car salesman).
That very short scene where she questions the two whores is done so well.
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