Frances McDormand is perfect fit for 'Olive Kitteridge'

November 2, 2014 4:45 AM

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge" is not an easy screen adaptation. It delicately balances a rather tart, bleak wit with an acceptance of the fact that life brings incomprehensible cruelties, large and small.

The temptation would be to add more yuks to the narrative of intertwined stories of ordinary New Englanders — or to ramp up the tragedy and cue the violins. But the four-hour HBO miniseries premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday is in good hands with executive producer Frances McDormand, an actress ...

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