Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)
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Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)
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 his mother has, in effect, been abandoned by the community.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An appealing coming-of-age tale that takes on the difficult issues of mental illness and conformity."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A tendency toward broad novelistic storytelling... robs Sweet Mud of a focus."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Sundance Jury Award Winner: Though grounded in a particular locale, Israeli kibbutz in 1974, this disturbing coming-of-age tale also serves as an allegory about the clash between "deviant" individuals and a system that emphasizes "health" and conformity"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate
"Sad, sweet and tragic."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Subtly directed and flawlessly acted, Sweet Mud packs a genuine punch."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"... a richly complex tapestry of culture, idealism, love and freedom."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
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