A drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Jeff Nichols, from Little Rock (Arkansas), stands out as one of the promising new deal in American cinema.
A complex hybridization between Malick and Spielberg (without ever limiting himself to these far-reaching elective filiations), he is right at the edge between American independent cinema and Hollywood industrial cinema. [Shotgun Stories] was striking due to its humble mastery of direction, its capacity to revisit America’s myths grasping at the same time both the territory and the landscape. One could see a “folk cinema”, in the tradition of the great American names, from John Ford to Terrence Malick in Badlands. One could also discover a brilliant actor, Michael Shannon, whose marmoreal grace evoked a “redneck” version of Christopher Walken. The same qualities can be found (including Michael Shannon) in Take Shelter; but there, the art of Americana is somehow “disturbed” by the codes of the genre movie, to be more specific those of the supernatural… read more
Better than I had expected! Tye Sheridan is terrific as Ellis and McConaughey as Mud is also good. I liked the direction, dialogue and the script and the movie never felt contrived but refreshingly honest in some way. The movie also took a few turns I did not really expect which always is a big plus.
Mud is a tad overlong and meandering and the female characters get short shrift in a boys-own fable which draws on American folklore and classical male archetypes but this is still warm, lyrical filmmaking with uniformly excellent performances.Tye Sheridan is superb. Quietly affecting.
The festival arrives at a close, with films in competition from David Cronenberg, Sergei Loznitsa, Im Sang-soo, and Jeff Nichols.