Mare of Easttown is the mini-series that conquered all hearts in 2021. Carried by Kate Winslet, this detective drama is a real gem that goes beyond its investigation.
Released in 2021, the mini-series Mare of Easttown was one of the television events of the past year. Not only because it has Kate Winslet as the headliner, but also for its writing and its disturbing realism.
Because Mare of Easttown is not a detective series like the others. First of all because it places women, and more particularly mothers, at the heart of the story. Starting with Mare herself, played by Kate Winslet. She is not just the heroine of the series or the main investigator of a gripping case on the disappearance and death of a young girl.
A whole woman
Mare is not a one-dimensional character as we have seen too many. She is a seasoned and relentless inspector. It’s a woman. Divorced but still very close to her ex-husband who lives with his new partner in the same street as Mare. She’s a mother. Bruised by the suicide of her eldest son, suffering from mental disorders all her life, and who still has her teenage daughter under her roof.
Mare is also a grandmother. She is raising her grandson refusing to cede custody to his mother, a former heroin addict struggling to get her life back on track. Mare, it’s a girl. She lives with her mother (Jean Smart) who also helps with the education of her great-grandson. Mare is a woman first and foremost. A woman who has suffered. A woman who desires. A strong woman who only counts on herself.
But Mare of Easttown is not just Mare. It’s also a gallery of characters, all extremely well-written and complex. There is of course Mare’s family. All of them must in one way or another continue to live with the absence of a loved one. But there are also the protagonists of the investigation on which she is working.
A portrait of America
From young Erin, a single mother with a doomed fate, to Lori (Julianne Nicholson), Mare’s best friend whose marriage seems to be on the rocks, to young detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) who has come to assist Mare on his murder case. They are all in one way or another tragic figures in this grim suburb of Philadelphia.
Beyond the portrait of ordinary women and men, Mare of Easttown also paints the portrait of a forgotten America which often does not have the right of citizenship on television. Here, under the pen of Brad Ingelsby and in front of the camera of Craig Zobel, this America cries out its revolt.
The abandonment of all politics is obvious to the viewer. We realize that the community only survives thanks to a few noble souls – including Mare – who overinvest their work and are committed to putting the good of others before their own.
The other revolution in the series is the appearance of Kate Winslet. The English actress, known to be a muse of beauty, appears there without make-up, badly combed and frumpy in shapeless clothes. She embodies an ordinary woman, looking like an ordinary woman. She scores a real win here in the right not to make her appearance a selling point. It’s his talent that counts.
Her performance also earned her the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Mini-Series on January 9.