Harden plays Celeste Boyle in this crime drama from the book by Dennis Lehane, written for the screen by Brian Helgeland, and directed by Clint Eastwood. Celeste is married to Dave (Tim Robbins) who comes home bloody and injured the night a neighborhood girl, Dave’s boyhood friend Jimmy’s daughter, is murdered. Old wounds are opened and secrets are spilled in the ensuing investigations. C0-starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney, and Laurence Fishburne.
And my character… If you think someone committed a crime, you should turn them in to whomever you perceive authority to be. And in this case, Celeste didn’t believe the authority was the police, because she’d grown up always thinking that the police were the bad guys. So she took it to Sean. He was authority. He was the neighborhood boss. He would do the right thing. And in each case, the moral action came back to sting us.