Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

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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.


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Critic Reviews for Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization.

    Jan 19, 2007
  • A tendency toward broad novelistic storytelling... robs Sweet Mud of a focus.

    Sep 20, 2006

    Robert Koehler

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  • The plot may sound familiar, but director/writer Dror Shaul makes it fresh with his vivid and often bitterly funny depiction of the film's setting, a kibbutz in the 1970s.

    Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties.

    Nov 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

  • Jun 14, 2007
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer

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