Widely acclaimed following its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and screenings at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Mud is director Jeff Nichols’ much-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Take Shelter. Setting his coming-of-age tale on the shores of the Mississippi River, Nichols riffs astutely on storytelling traditions from American film and literature to create an original and intoxicating film.
Ellis and Neckbone, two serious and adventurous boys, discover a boat perched on a tree on a Mississippi island. Exploring what they believed was a quiet and empty area, the boys meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey; The Paperboy, Bernie), a fugitive who claims he killed a man in Texas for the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon; Rendition, the upcoming Devil’s Knot). Intrigued by Mud, Ellis convinces Neckbone that they should aid him in his quest to see Juniper again, and the boys become accomplices to a man being chased by police, bounty hunters and criminals.
Nichols (Take Shelter) takes us on a cinematographically stunning, beautifully paced survey of the Mississippi landscape, of boys getting their first sense of adulthood, and of a man driven to the brink by love. Mud establishes Jeff Nichols as one of the most interesting and cinematically well-versed directors in America, while McConaughey delivers one of the best performances of his career.
"[Nichols] has a rare ability to root his archetypal Southern fables in rich observational detail. They remain tangibly specific but take on the larger resonances of folklore." —Jim Emerson Chicago Sun-Times
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
Runtime: 130 minutes
Distributor: Entertainment One
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