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A Discourse on Handling Grief from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is built on the complexity of its characters
rather than straight-forward character arcs traditionally seen (this article contains spoilers so
unless you are alright with not having seen the movie, you have been notified). As an audience,
redemption for good characters and retribution for bad characters only seem natural and for
many viewers, that’s what we want. Mildred, the embattled mother fighting for justice over the
murder of her daughter does not get redeemed nor the closure she wants emotionally by the end
of the film. Neither does Dixon, the wild and racist cop, gets fully redeemed nor punished for his
actions throughout the story. By the end of the movie, the audience is put in a strange gray area
and we are left in a place where nothing is resolved as Mildred and Dixon contemplate on
whether to kill a rapist as they drive off. It’s a strange film where we get to experience the
frustration and outrage of the failures of our justice systems through the lack of any real
resolution to the film. The film focuses on the pointless actions that are brought on by grief and
the stress of situations that don’t have simple solutions…

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