Screened as part of Autumn Events 2016
You can’t beat the original recipe: Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 ‘true crime’ put-on still tastes mighty flavoursome in this 20th anniversary 4K digital restoration.
“The Coens’ masterpiece… Rarely have the Coens’ sensibilities coalesced more exquisitely than in this alternately comic and brutal caper set in the brothers’ native Minnesota and capped with Frances McDormand’s Oscar-winning performance as the sensible, pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson. Once more into the Midwestern winter? Oh, ya, you betcha.” — Andy Webster, NY Times
“Joel and Ethan Coen return to their roots… serving up a deep dark American feast of red blood, white fields and police blues. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is an indebted Porky Pig of a car salesman with a hapless plan: hire two hoods (greasy Steve Buscemi, spookily silent Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife. Bad move. As the ice follies snowball into chaos, the body count mounts. Thank goodness for the unflappable competence of local police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), investigation unhampered by her seven-month pregnancy. Riveting every crime with their trademark humour, the Coens get career-best performances all round.” — Mark Cubey, Auckland International Film Festival 1996