26 November 2013
Set in Arkansas, this is a story of how Ellis, one of two boys featured in the film, learns to deal with his feelings about love and friendship. He experiences his parents’ relationship break down and his 'girlfriend' turns out to be nothing of the sort.
He and his friend, Neckbone, while exploring the banks of the Mississippi, find a beached boat stuck high in a tree but soon realise that somebody is living in it. This leads to an encounter with the mysterious Mud, whom Ellis befriends, and who is on the run from the law because he killed a man who mistreated Juniper, the woman he has loved since childhood.
It’s very much a ‘coming-of-age’ story, with more than a passing nod to Huckleberry Finn.
There are fine performances all round and the reviews have been very enthusiastic.