2015, Renārs Vimba, Drama
LENGTH: 105 min
LANGUAGE: Latvian w/English subtitles
FORMATS: DCP, Blu-ray & DVD
DIRECTOR: Renārs Vimba
CAST: Elīna Vaska, Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls, Edgars Samītis, Zane Jančevska, Ruta Birgere, Rēzija Kalniņa
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Renārs Vimba; CINEMATAGRAPHER: Arnar Thorisson; EDITOR: Georgios Mavropsaridis; MUSIC: Ēriks Ešenvalds; PRODUCER: Aija Bērziņa & Alise Ģelze
Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of ﬁrst love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must come to decisions that even a grown woman would ﬁnd difficult to make.
In his strong debut feature, director Renārs Vimba tackles the delicate theme of coming-of-age and accepts the challenge of telling the story through the eyes of a young girl.
The Hollywood Reporter
By Stephen Dalton
“Talented young leads elevate this bittersweet Baltic tale of adolescent angst.”
By Alissa Simon
“Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in “Mellow Mud,” a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen debutant Elina Vaska, who conveys her character’s feelings of anger, abandonment, responsibility and first love with conviction and authenticity. “
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