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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mortal Thoughts (1991)

A young wife and mother (Demi Moore) is being grilled at the police station by a detective (Harvey Keitel) regarding the murder of her best friend's (Glenne Headly) husband (Bruce Willis). We see the narrative via her testimony which is done as a flashback but we share the detective's suspicions that we aren't getting the real story. Released the same year (1991) as Ridley Scott's THELMA AND LOUISE which was a big hit, Alan Rudolph's MORTAL THOUGHTS was the flip side of Ridley Scott's feminist action flick which was embraced for its depiction of two women who refused to accept the chauvinistic status quo any longer. Indeed, both films featured a detective played by Harvey Keitel who becomes involved with its two female protagonists. But the heroines of MORTAL THOUGHTS (whose title comes from MACBETH) aren't as noble or as life affirming as Thelma and Louise. They walk on the dark side and as the story plays out, you're never quite sure where the fine line between victim and perpetrator begins and ends. Moore and Headly do very well as the Jersey girls, friends since childhood, who enter a blood pact and as the loutish husband, Willis is suitably repugnant. Rudolph's film deserved a better fate, both critically and at the box office. With John Pankow and Billie Neal.

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