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Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007)


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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.


Art House & International, Drama

Dror Shaul



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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

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

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization.

January 19, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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A tendency toward broad novelistic storytelling... robs Sweet Mud of a focus.

September 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties.

November 9, 2007
The Jewish Advocate

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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review
WBAI Radio

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.

September 20, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Sad, sweet and tragic.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Subtly directed and flawlessly acted, Sweet Mud packs a genuine punch.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

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 effectively abandon one of their own.
November 25, 2007
John Ballantine

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