Mudbound (Alternate Title: Mudbound (film)) is available to stream on NetFlix.
It was released in 2018 and has a runtime of 134 minutes.
Mudbound is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. It stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way.
Principal photography began in May 2016 in Louisiana. Mudbound premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017, and was released on Netflix and in limited release on November 17, 2017. Critics praised its screenplay, direction, and the cast's performances (particularly those of Mitchell and Blige) and at the 75th Golden Globe Awards received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Blige) and Best Original Song ("Mighty River"). At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for Blige, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. It also earned a nod for Best Cinematography, making Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated in the category.
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Henry McAllan and his brother Jamie struggle to bury their recently deceased Pappy. When the coffin proves too heavy for the two of them, Henry flags the passing Jackson family for help. There is tension on both sides as the request is made.
The film then flashes back to reveal that Henry McAllan bought a farm outside Marietta, Mississippi, and moved there with his wife Laura, with whom he shares a passionless marriage; their daughters; and his racist father (Pappy). The Jackson family, led by tenant farmer Hap and his wife Florence, work the farm and dream of owning their own block of land one day. With World War II underway, Jamie joins the Air Force while the eldest Jackson boy, Ronsel, joins the Army and commands a tank. While serving in Europe, Ronsel strikes up a romance with a white German woman and enjoys the freedom from racism.
Both families suffer the threat of poverty when the Jacksons' mule has to be put down and Hap breaks his leg. Florence, who worked for the McAllans as a housekeeper, has to give up the job to help cover Hap's work, and Laura takes pity on the family and pays for Hap's doctor. Later, when Laura suffers a miscarriage, she turns to Florence for comfort.
When the war is won, both Ronsel and Jamie return home. The handsome and charming Jamie continues his pre-existing attraction to Laura, but suffers from alcoholism, PTSD and the scorn of his father, who disparages air force bombing as easy and anonymous killing. Ronsel, on the other hand, stands up to Pappy when Pappy demands that he exit the back of a general store because he is black instead of using the front door. Henry warns Hap and Florence that Ronsel's fiery streak could provoke problems for all involved if he does not keep it to himself, and Ronsel is forced to apologize.
After Ronsel witnesses one of Jamie's PTSD episodes, the two become friends. Jamie treats Ronsel with respect, allowing him to ride in the front seat of the McAllan's truck, and sharing a bottle with him. He reveals to Ronsel that during his time in the Air Force, his life was once saved by a black fighter pilot, an incident which has stayed with him. Ronsel eventually shares with Jamie that his girlfriend gave birth to their son and shows him a photo. Outside of his friendship with Ronsel, Jamie's life continues to crumble, climaxing in a fight with Henry about Laura being miserable, after which Henry asks him to leave. As he prepares to do so, he and Laura confront their feelings and make love.
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