Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)
An appealing coming-of-age tale that takes on the difficult issues of mental illness and conformity.
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.
This is a film from the heart, from a firsthand familiarity that yields conflicted emotions over the gap between an ideal and its realization.
A tendency toward broad novelistic storytelling... robs Sweet Mud of a focus.
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.
If the film is an indictment of anything it is how the collective experience of the kibbutz is at odds with family loyalties.
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.
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