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Your Turn: Marge Gunderson

From Fargo, directed by the Coen Brothers
Nominated by Laura Toepfer

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson.

Driven: Fargo's unflappable Marge Gunderson. Gramercy Pictures hide caption

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Marge Gunderson does not fit the mold of movie character cops. She's neither urban nor urbane. She's not hard-boiled or emotionally broken. She eats at the buffet, not at the bar. She's her own woman but doesn't need to demand it, and that's what makes her strong.

It's her strength that remains with me, and she showed me how to be independent while still asking for help. "Prowler needs a jump," is one of my favorite lines in the movie.

But her independence is genuine. She doesn't need to be rescued in the end. Instead, she can sorrowfully and optimistically tell the killer she has captured that it is, in her world, a beautiful day. She helps us to see that it is.



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Amen! I have always loved Marge Gunderson, and I could never pinpoint why. I knew it had something to do with her large baby belly, which goes all but ignored throughout the movie because she does not use it as an excuse. Her obvious vulnerability is plastered there for everyone to see, but oddly enough, that's where it ends. She's amazing, and I loved reading your commentary about her. Now I gotta watch it yet again...

Sent by Laura Cooper | 12:18 PM | 3-11-2008