This paper examines Mystic River through the hermeneutic of visual story. When read as parable, the film becomes a powerful indictment of Christianity's complicity in the structural character of sin and evil in American culture. This claim is supported through examination of the film's use of Christian symbols and the function of women in the plot.
Burns, Charlene P. E.
"Mystic River: A Parable of Christianity's Dark Side,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss2/4