Frances McDormand’s face does the talking in ‘Olive Kitteridge’

LOS ANGELES- Frances McDormand’s “rubber face” – ruddy, wind-burned, creased and contorted – says as much as the dialogue in “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO’s miniseries about a New England family and its caustic matriarch.

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And the 57-year-old Oscar-winning actress speaks approvingly about plying a countenance that doesn’t try to hide the marks of time.

“I’ve got a rubber face,” McDormand says flatly. “It has always served me very well and really helps, especially as I get older because I still have all my road map intact, and I can use it at will.”

Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, “Olive Kitteridge” premieres on Sunday and charts the life of McDormand’s bitter and self-hating Olive from ages 45 to 70, in part through that “road map.”

Director Lisa Cholodenko, best known for the Academy Award-nominated “The Kids Are All Right,” frames the tautly told episodic and non-linear story around Olive’s expressions, accentuating her tart-tongued grievances with husband Henry and son Christopher.


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Frances McDormand’s face does the talking in ‘Olive Kitteridge’

by Benazir Mir Samad