Kate Winslet will collect multiple awards for her beefy role in Mare of Easttown, HBO’s stunning detective miniseries, all seven episodes of which are now available on Crave Super Ecran.
The unexpected finale, my God, will draw pails of tears at you. The plot turns and returns without tainting the credibility of the story, which has mesmerized us and dragged us to the dark corners of Easttown, a working-class suburb of Philadelphia where a teenage mother was murdered.
The Mare of the title of the series, diminutive of Marianne, is Kate Winslet who embodies her with raw truth. Mare is a detective with a complicated family situation, a character anything but glamorous.
First, by its sloppy look. Mare rarely does her hair, wears little or no make-up, and dons unflattering old t-shirts and flannel shirts from the period. grunge. Her face (not injected) moves like that of a woman in her mid-forties. She whistles Rolling Rocks and vapes under stress, so all the time.
Then, by its square personality. Mare is not endearing at first contact. She is a policewoman with a sharp character. She carries several dramas within her that make her brittle, uncompromising, cut off from her emotions.
And you know what ? Viewers loved this Mare, who looks more like them than a Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies, for example. Kate Winslet insisted that her Mare not undergo any modification during the production of Mare of Easttown (Easttown in French version).
First, Kate Winslet refused to have a retoucher erase her crow’s feet on the HBO miniseries poster. “I know how many wrinkles I have at the corners of my eyes, please put them back,” the British actress asked, as she revealed to the New York Times.
Also, during the editing of the episodes, the director asked Kate Winslet if she wanted him to remove a sex scene that highlighted her flabby stomach. Absolutely not, decided the Oscar-winning actress for The Reader. The bead remained.
After a day of filming, Kate Winslet threw her laundry in a pile on the floor. The props did not wash the clothes, did not iron them and the actress put them back on, all wrinkled, the next day.
Attention to detail has marked all stages of the creation of Mare of Easttown. To make sure to recreate the clothing of the people of Easttown, the costume designers scoured the Wawa convenience stores – the equivalent of a Couche-Tard – in Pennsylvania and took photos of customers for inspiration.
Kate Winslet’s unfiltered and untouched posture amazes Hollywood, which values eternal youth and a plastic impossible to reach for ordinary people. It must be said that Mare’s role lent itself to this unconventional approach to beauty.
It would have been illogical to see a face-up detective sergeant, perfectly combed and perched on $ 1,000 pumps in this blue-collar drama, where the decor of the houses, in various shades of brown, was frozen in the middle of the 1980s. It’s like in Can you hear me ? at Télé-Québec: the actresses did not put on makeup to reflect the difficult environment from which the characters came.
While saluting the audacity of Kate Winslet and the daughters of Can you hear me ?, neither should we throw stones at actresses who decide to change their face or their body. Because they want to continue working, because they are compared to colleagues who are 20 years younger or because the camera accentuates each of their imperfections.
Basically, cosmetic enhancements are a personal choice. But for actresses, and more and more actors, this choice becomes very public when their faces appear in ultra-high definition in all the salons of the planet. Hard to blame them for making a few fixes here and there.
Back to culture to ARTV
The magazine that Benoît McGinnis and Sophie Fouron will co-host at ARTV will be called Back to culture, to be in phase with the fall start, which promises to be abundant after more than a year of pandemic shutdown.
The show will play on Friday at 10 p.m. starting September 10, with a repeat on Sunday at 5 p.m. on Radio-Canada. Same release schedule as (fire) Critical mind. In the overhaul of ARTV’s cultural magazines, The wow effect, by Sébastien Diaz, was also disconnected.
Two regular collaborators will join the two co-pilots of Back to culture, namely Vanessa Destiné and Jocelyn Lebeau. The magazine will include a debate and criticism section, carried in particular by Marie-Christine Blais, Michel Coulombe, Félix B. Desfossés, our colleague Chantal Guy and the specialist in visual arts Aseman Sabet.
Every week, these specialists will discuss a work in the company of its creator (filmmaker, writer, painter, choreographer) in a friendly atmosphere, around a glass of wine. The two lead animators will not contribute to this segment.
Back to culture, produced by the Pamplemousse Média company of France Beaudoin, will not be shot in the studio, but in theaters, museums and performance halls of Montreal. The team wants to be on the ground, where it’s happening. Each of the one-hour episodes will be broken down into 15 to 20 segments, which can then travel on the web.
In the winter, Back to culture will give up its time slot to ARTV’s second cultural magazine, this one heated by Chantal Lamarre. End of Inspector Dumas’ report, thank you for listening, especially women aged 25 to 54 who own a Toyota Echo and a panini press (radio poll gag here).