Film of the week: Fargo

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The setting is Minnesota's snowy plains where you can't see the division between land and sky. But the Coen brothers' icy style looks like thawing; there may be as much cruelty, barbed humour and as many sneering asides as usual in their tale of a kidnapping gone wrong. But in the figure of Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), the pregnant police chief investigating three murders linked to the kidnapping, they've located an odd model of humanity and morality previously absent from their work. Low-key, but likeable.

Ryan Gilbey