2/2/15

And What's Your Vegetable?: Frances Mcdormand


Over Christmas break, I stayed up until 3am watching all four episodes of Olive Kitteridge. Frances Mcdormand plays Olive, one of my favorite female characters ever portrayed on film. I was captivated the entire time with her honesty, whit, and sadness.

In the first episode there's a scene when Olive marches into her neighbors Rachel's house and wakes her up. Rachel is clinically depressed and won't get off the couch. Olive ends the conversation by telling her to get up and asks her about dinner. Rachel starts sitting up and mumbles, "I guess I can make some chops." Olive goes further, "And what's your vegetable?" Rachel sighs. She looks at Olive as if she must be kidding. She's not. Rachel finally picks peas and this satisfies Olive. She starts leaving Rachel's house and says, "I gotta go. I've got my own dinner to make. By the way. Your son got a 98 on his math test. You could praise him for that." Olive walks out.

The directness that Olive talks to Rachel is so refreshing. What Olive lacks in warmth, she gains in her overwhelming love for Rachel's life.

Out of all the scenes from the series, this is the one I think about most often. While I don't suffer from depression, I do find myself getting overwhelmed with motherhood, especially at the end of the day. Dinner is too much to handle sometimes. But if I can narrow it down to a simple ingredient, I'm ok. What vegetable will I be serving? There needs to be one. Pick it. I hear Mcdormand's voice saying, "Get up! Got to start thinking about dinner. You set for something? Come on. What's your vegetable?" It's just the motivation I need.

Today I chose green beans. Tomorrow is still pending. And that's ok.

   
"I'm waiting for the dog to die so I can shoot myself." Her delivery is so funny. Bill Murray's reaction seems genuine. Makes me giggle every time I hear it too.

UPDATE: If you don't have HBO, you can buy Olive Kitteridge DVD on February 10th. Yay. Valentine's gift idea.

And More Frances Mcdormand:

On Aging: LOVE THIS
On women on film. LOVE THIS TOO
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28 comments:

  1. love this. such a seemingly small thing yet so enormous!

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  2. I think we all could use an Olive Kittredge!!

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    1. Five weeks ago my Husband broke up with me. it all started when i went to summer camp i was trying to contact him but it was not going through. So when I came back from camp I saw him with a young lady kissing in his bed room, I was frustrated and it gives me sleepless night. i thought he will come back to apologize but he didn't come for almost three week i was really hurt but i thank Dr. Gaga for all he did i met Dr.Gaga during my search at the internet i decided to contact him on his email drgagaspellcast@gmail.com or drgagaspellcast@yahoo.com he brought my Husband back to me just within 48 hours i am really happy.you can reach this man on his email address via: drgagaspellcast@gmail.com or drgagaspellcast@yahoo.com if you are having problem with your relationship, he can help you to solve it and return your love to you

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  3. How are you overwhelmed with motherhood at the end of the day when your children have been in school all day and you don't work?

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    1. haahahhaahhahahaha is this you rob? :)

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  4. I've never seen this show, but I like what you've shared about it so far. And I've never seen Frances McDormand do anything I didn't love. She is just the coolest.

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  5. I'm binge watching this immediately.

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  6. I LOVE Frances McDormand. And loved the clips you shared. Will be watching immediately. Thank you!

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  7. i teared up at the aging clip. so good. thanks, sharon! going to watch right away.

    ps anonymous, go f---....jump in a lake.

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    1. I also teared up at the aging clip. Only I teared up because how dumb she sounds when she says that she is, "nostalgic for a time she didn't even have". I would her to explain to me at what point in our entire history that physical appears didn't matter? Roman Emperors would have their statues idealized (made to appear younger), ever hear of the Sirens in Homer's Odyssey? Or the face that launched a 1000 ships? Even depictions of Jesus Christ have been idealized. The human race is not suddenly superficial demons that only care about looks.

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  8. Thank you for posting this. Would have missed it! Agree on all. Just pre-ordered on Amazon. Right on with the video on aging. Love her face, love her soul.

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  9. Does this show take place after 1998? What's with the old school chalk board?

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  10. She is one of the most fu%#ing talented actresses ever! Man, her thoughts on aging just cut me to my soul in such a good way.

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  11. I am always on the lookout for a new show. I have a feeling I will be watching this all in one sitting. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  13. I fell for Frances in Fargo, she was so amazing, 7 months pregnant, chasing bad guys and lecturing them! I couldn't love her more! Just like you, I had an Olive Kitteridge marathon and felt overwhelmed by a bunch of different emotions; I'll do it again in a few months I think, probably next Fall, it seems that Olive and Fall go well together.
    About being overwhelmed, I really get it, and I only have two. But my two are a teen and a tween and I have to monitor homework (tons of it sometimes) and I have to listen to and comfort my son who is in a bad public middle school, with mean-spirited teens (I should know, I work there) so dinner sometimes... yeah, frozen lasagna do the trick and green beans are always my go to vegetables!! Solidarity!

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  14. Would we still take her message on aging to heart and be so moved by it is she looked like a traditional celebrity? What if it was Jennifer Anitson or Angelina Joile? What would are reaction be then?

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