Mare of Easttown is an HBO mini-series written by Brad Ingelsby, author of films such as Out of the Furnace and The Way Back, while Craig Zobel was in charge of directing. The series consists of seven one-hour episodes, and the first was broadcast on April 18. The series has gathered a quality acting ensemble in which the name stands out Kejt Vinslet in the role of the main character.
The store is located in the fictional place Eastown in the suburbs of Philadelphia and follows detective Mer Sheehan (Winslet) who encounters the murder of a local teenager. The disappearance of the girl happened in the place a year ago, which has not been solved yet, and that is why many in the community doubt her detective skills. Torn between business commitments, constant pressure and numerous private problems that include divorce, her son’s suicide and the struggle for custody of her grandson, Mer has long since stopped laughing and is doing her best not to let her life fall apart.
Mer lives with her mother Helen and daughter Shoban, while her ex-husband Frank and his new fiancée are practically first neighbors. Her marriage failed to overcome the suicide of their son Frank, when we learn that he had a history of mental illness and drug problems, so Mer justifiably fears that her grandson Drew will not experience a similar fate. The new people in her life are the likeable writer Richard (Guy Pierce) who came to Eastown to teach in college, as well as young detective Colin (Evan Piters) who was sent to assist her in the investigation.
HBO has always been synonymous with quality, and this is especially true of mini-series such as True Detective or Sharp Objects. I have to admit that I love movies and series set in rural parts of the USA, which are characterized by a lack of perspective and hope for a better tomorrow – everyone knows each other, many are related, everyone has a secret and almost everyone’s daily goal is to get drunk in the evening. Eastown is such a place, dark and poor, many take drugs, which is why young girls engage in prostitution in order to finance their vice. As is usually the case, such circumstances are fertile ground for horrific events.
After reading the trivia, I expected this series to deal with the finesse of detective work, but after the first episode, it becomes clear that this will be more a study of the character of our protagonist instead of presenting her work, or investigation. Mara from Eastown is a true portrayal of a tired, depressed woman whose combination of professional responsibility and family tragedy has collapsed on her back, leaving a person who has no will and energy for anything else except work and family obligations. She is definitely the center of our attention, and indirectly we have the opportunity to follow a considerable number of characters with whom she has communication.
Following Merr, we observe some characters or dialogues that are not necessarily relevant to the plot itself or the resolution of the murder, but they represent the small world in which the plot is set. While this may be repulsive or unnecessary to some, in this way we follow a study of the troubled community, how it survives under the influence of the horrific events that have taken place, and how those events affect residents. As if that was not enough, there are also problems faced by local police officers whose work therefore has its drawbacks. The general impression is that this community is alive and that it exists, that is, the series has a strong sense of depressed realism that somewhere there is a place called Eastown where the inhabitants suffer.
Although the circumstances are dark and difficult, I liked that the author left room for comic situations. These scenes usually take place in Merino’s home, which, contrary to expectations, is quite caring and warm, although everyone blames everyone. Combined with the top acting in which Kate Winslet is in the lead, we get a colorful community that is more important to the author than the cases of disappearance and murder and the mystery that surrounds them. Of course, if you’re more interested in the mystery of who killed Erin, you’ll take this as a minus.
Mare of Easttown is a new HBO mini-series with a mystery plot set aside in favor of examining how tragedies define our present and exploring the dark side of the rural community – a series that is more of a character study than tracking the finesse of detective work, combined with a slower pace not everyone will like it. I did.
my final grade: 9/10
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