Tropedia

  • Before making a single edit, Tropedia EXPECTS our site policy and manual of style to be followed. Failure to do so may result in deletion of contributions and blocks of users who refuse to learn to do so. Our policies can be reviewed here.
  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.

READ MORE

Tropedia
Advertisement
Farm-Fresh balance.pngYMMVTransmit blue.pngRadarWikEd fancyquotes.pngQuotes • (Emoticon happy.pngFunnyHeart.pngHeartwarmingSilk award star gold 3.pngAwesome) • Refridgerator.pngFridgeGroup.pngCharactersScript edit.pngFanfic RecsSkull0.pngNightmare FuelRsz 1rsz 2rsz 1shout-out icon.pngShout OutMagnifier.pngPlotGota icono.pngTear JerkerBug-silk.pngHeadscratchersHelp.pngTriviaWMGFilmRoll-small.pngRecapRainbow.pngHo YayPhoto link.pngImage LinksNyan-Cat-Original.pngMemesHaiku-wide-icon.pngHaikuLaconicLibrary science symbol .svg SourceSetting

A Robert Altman film, Cookie's Fortune takes place in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi. It's a simple, quiet place with peaceful, kind residents. On the eve of Easter Sunday, pushy community theater director Camille Dixon and her shy sister Cora are shocked to find that their Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt committed suicide. Terrified how this will reflect on the family name, Camille destroys Cookie's suicide note and convinces Cora to help her make it look like a robbery. Once the police are on the scene, their only suspect is Willis Richland, a well-liked local man who also happened to be Cookie's best friend. Everyone is convinced of Willis's innocence, including Cora's estranged daughter Emma who recently returned to town. A visiting investigator takes over the case and is determined to dig up some of the town's best-kept secrets. As Easter Sunday arrives and Camille's play opens, the truth comes out in ways that no one could have ever imagined.

Tropes used in Cookie's Fortune include:
  • AB Negative: The other bloodtype found at the crime scene. It ends up incriminating Camille for Cookie's murder. The police find out that Camille is AB Negative and a hemophiliac.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Camille, Emma, Cora.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: The town has only one attorney and he's a little off. He reads Cookie's will while still wearing his costume from Camille's play.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Cookie's "C" necklace.
    • The loose door on the gun cabinet.
    • The cut on Camille's finger.
  • Crying Wolf: Nobody believes Camille when she tells the truth about Cookie's suicide. Especially after she ate the suicide note which was the one thing that could prove her innocence.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Cora gets revenge on Camille.
  • Eat the Evidence: Camille eats Cookie's suicide note to make her death look like murder.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Emma finds out her mother is not Cora, but her "aunt" Camille.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Cookie places a pillow over her face before shooting herself in the head. We see a little blood spatter on the wall and the feathers float in the air.
  • Ironic Echo: "Only crazy people commit suicide."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father / Family Relationship Switcheroo: Emma discovers that her dreaded Aunt Camille is actually her mother. The police dig up old records that show that Camille nearly died after giving birth...on the same day that Emma was born. Cora provided a blood transfusion that saved Camille's life. Apparently, Camille had moved in with Cora and her husband Donny. One day, Donny disappeared and Camille and Cora took an "extended vacation". When they came back, Cora had a newborn baby.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Camille. Especially to Cora.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Willis, somewhat. Practically no one believes he killed Cookie. Camille much more so. Despite having told the truth about what happened, the police don't believe her because she ate the suicide note.
  • Only Sane Woman:
Cquote1.svg

  Emma: What is wrong with people?!

Cquote2.svg
  • Quirky Town
  • School Play: Camille directs a local church production of Salome. It has the same aesthetic as a school production.
  • Shrinking Violet: Cora. She's probably been under Camille's thumb her entire life. Though Cora finally stands up to Camille once and for all in the end of the movie.
  • Swallow the Key: Camille eats Cookie's suicide note.
  • Upperclass Twit: Camille is one.
Advertisement