Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)
Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007)

On a kibbutz in southern Israel in the 1970's, Dvir Avni realizes that his mother is mentally ill. In this closed community, bound by rigid rules, Dvir must navigate between the kibbutz motto of equality and the stinging reality that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

An appealing coming-of-age tale that takes on the difficult issues of mental illness and conformity.

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Robert Koehler
Variety

A tendency toward broad novelistic storytelling... robs Sweet Mud of a focus.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

As the story spirals tragically away--all the more powerfully because of Dvir's part in his mother's fate--it avoids the sacrificing-mother-redeemed-by-love cliche and gains a remarkable dramatic weight and urgency.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

If [director] Shaul means for his indictment to have some contemporary resonance, to hint at conformist pressures in the current Israeli state, he fails to give us any of the blocks needed to build that thesis.

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Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties.

Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Sad, sweet and tragic.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Sweet Mud holds within its delicately wrought, keenly insightful grasp, the illuminating convergence of political reality and the individual in a personal struggle to transcend the constraints of the human condition.

Kim Voynar
Cinematical

... a richly complex tapestry of culture, idealism, love and freedom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A decent story of a mother and son who have a not-so-great existence in a kibbutz system. A good depiction of how sometimes the strongest communities can… More