Mud

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Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.” — Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Director: Jeff Nichols
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 130 mins
Censor Rating: M - violence, sexual references

Screenplay: Jeff Nichols
Producers: Sarah Green, Aaron Ryder, Lisa Maria Falcone
Photography: Adam Stone
Editor: Julie Monroe
Production designer: Richard A. Wright
Costume designer: Kari Perkins
Sound: Ethan Andrus
Music: David Wingo
CinemaScope/DCP

With: Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Tye Sheridan (Ellis), Jacob Lofland (Neckbone), Reese Witherspoon (Juniper), Sarah Paulson (Mary Lee), Ray McKinnon (Senior), Sam Shepard (Tom Blankenship), Michael Shannon (Galen), Paul Sparks (Carver), Joe Don Baker (King)

Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2012; Sundance 2013

“A first-rate adventure film  about two teenage Arkansas boys – Ellis, who lives on a houseboat with his warring parents, and Neckbone, who is being raised carelessly in a trailer by his scapegrace uncle. They escape at dawn, hit the river, and discover a fugitive, Mud (Matthew McConaughey), living on an island in the Mississippi. Mud has long been in love with a white-trash goddess, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), and the two cast-adrift boys, stirred by his situation and by their own need to know that love can last, struggle to get them back together… The writer and director, Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), brings to the film [something a lot like Mark] Twain’s understanding of a boy’s best qualities – a love of adventure, instinctive loyalty, and generous chivalry.” — David Dendy, New Yorker

“McConaughey beautifully articulates with his honeyed drawl the very essence of a grizzled, determined romantic. It is the best work of the actor’s career, though virtually everyone in the film turns in sensitively drawn performances, particularly the boys.If you don’t know the name Jeff Nichols – if the writer-director’s singular voice, fierce and fearful in 2011’s Take Shelter, somehow 

eluded your notice – make note of it now… Nichols is made in America, a storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain, uncanny in the way he understands human nature, inventive in spinning that into a movie. There is an ease with which Nichols pokes around in people’s lives, unearthing small truths in authentic ways. In Mud, it feels as if he’s caught a small slice of backcountry soul like a firefly in a jar.” — Betsy Sharkey, LA Times