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Mystic River, a story of wounded consciences and lost innocence
When not staged as an actor, Clint Eastwood appears to have higher ambitions: it happened with "Bird", when he tried to compose the definitive film biography of Charlie Parker, with "Unforgiven" when he tried to engage the last great classic western, and "Mystic River" was trying to churn out vintage detective.
The film tells the story of three friends, one of whom, Dave (Robbins) has been abused as a child, which can be found many years later when the daughter of Jimmy (Penn) is murdered. Dave becomes the prime suspect, Jimmy the murderer, Sean (Bacon), who has since become a police officer, man of justice who fails to prevent another irreparably wrong committed. Eastwood describes awarped reality, which seems to have distorted the rails of righteousness, honesty, reason. The fact that the two crucial moments of the film-circle seats at the beginning and the end-are dumb, or a game looks intense and unarmed, says a lot about how Eastwood prefers silence to dialogue and images, on how he keeps on a land of moral ambiguity.
The trio of actors is truly remarkable, but not least are the characteristics, among which we recognize Lawrence Fishburn, in the role of a sergeant, and Eli Wallach,an octogenarian, in that of a seller of weapons. Good the ladies, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney, actress beloved by Eastwood, for once called to play a not marginal part.