Ellis and Neckbone are best friends approaching the twilight of their youth. While exploring, they stumble upon the hiding place of charismatic outlaw Mud (played with controlled charm by a well-cast Matthew McConaughey), who takes a quick liking to the boys and recruits them to his cause: the search for true love and a clean getaway.
Illustrating a vibrant imagination, sumptuous attention to detail, and a remarkable gift for extracting magnetic performances from a talented ensemble, Nichols hurtles us into the middle of a lush adventure, ensnaring the excitement every youngster feels when trouble lurks everywhere and anything is possible.
Steeped in the vanishing myth of the Deep South, a place that Nichols dearly loves, Mud’s handcrafted vision shines through in each richly textured frame and proves a tall tale for the ages.
Jeff Nichols is a writer and director from Little Rock, Arkansas. His feature-film debut, Shotgun Stories, premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
His second feature, Take Shelter, premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was part of Critics’ Week at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. Mud, Nichols’s most recent film, premiered last May in official competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.