“Raped and Burned”
“And still no Arrests”
“How come, Chief Willoughby?”
Printed on red billboards, these words set off a spark that sets of a flame of debate in Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri, an unfiltered black comedy that asks difficult questions on channeling anger at an unjust world.
It’s been seven months since Angela Hayes (Kathryn Newton) was raped, murdered and burned and her mother Mildred (Frances McDormand) has had enough. So, she rents out the titular billboards to call out Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Ebbing’s police department over the lack of results. So, begins a chain of events that sends the town into chaos. It draws the media attention Mildred needs for the murder case, but it comes with many drawbacks. Most of the town objects to the billboards. They attract indignance from the Police Department, especially dimwitted, violent Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), who’s determined to make Mildred’s life a living hell. But Mildred refuses to back down until she gets results.