Mud

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Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shephard
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2012
In Competition Cannes 2012
Language: English 130 mins.
Rating:****

'An emotionally rewarding and atmospheric coming-of-age piece of cinema - a tale of innocence, love, loss, friendship and two boys who belong in their environment'.

Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his best pal, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) live in a small town by the giant Mississippi in the state of Arkansas. They're close to nature with days of sailing, fishing and hunting and a sense of adventure.

Down river they find an old boat marooned in a tree, presumably stranded there during a flood. This will be their boat. Or will it ? Enter Mud (Matthew McConaughey) the charismatic fugitive who murdered a rival for his lover in Texas and is on the run from this justified homicide also lays claim to the boat. There's only one thing to do - agree a pact. Ellis and Neckbone will provide Mud with food and help him to rebuild the old motor boat to escape. Weave into that Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) Mud's mysterious lover , Tom (Sam Shephard), a loner former marine who lives on a houseboat and has a key relationship to Mud, the boy's family lives, Neckbone's wild uncle (Michael Shannon), who dives for clams, bounty hunters led by King (Joe Don Baker) and the backdrop of the giant Mississippi and there's all the ingredients for an emotionally rewarding movie.

the film's too long but I'll forgive that because 'Mud' is an emotionally rewarding and atmospheric coming-of-age piece of cinema - a tale of innocence, love, loss, friendship and two boys who belong in their environment. It brings to mind delightful memories of reading Huckleberry Finn as a young boy - the memories have never left me.

Wonderful central performances and memorable images from cinematographer, Adam Stone. Yes, too long but the movie weaves a tale that delights.

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