May 22, 1991 -- ``Mortal Thoughts,'' staring Bruce Willis and Demi Moore is an interesting, dark film that some have compared to Akira Kurosawa's classic ``Rashomon.''
This is no classic, but it does feature some good performances, particularly by Willis, who plays the world's biggest jerk, an abusive deadbeat, drug-using, gambling husband.
The story is told by means of flashbacks. Demi Moore is shown giving her testimony to a tough cop, excellently played by Harvey Keitel. As Keitel brings up more contradictions in her testimony we begin to wonder about her story. At last the true story comes out at the end of the film. It is an interesting character study, but not very engaging as a story. The way the film is constructed seems to invite detached observation rather than emotional involvement. Parts of the film are almost documentary in tone.
``Mortal Thoughts'' seems like a European film in its construction in that, unlike most Hollywood films, it does encourage the viewer to think as well as just watch and listen. Also, it does not telegraph its punches.
On a scale of one to 10 this minor, but interesting film rates a six.
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