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