Mud­bound top­i­cal af­ter fa­tal rally

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA -

Mud­bound di­rec­tor and co-writer Dee Rees never imag­ined her ex­plo­ration of white supremacy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War would end up echo­ing mod­ern­day head­lines.

The pow­er­ful en­sem­ble drama, which is screen­ing at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Festival and hits Net­flix Nov. 17, shows the in­ter­laced lives of two fam­i­lies — one black, one white — shar­ing farm­land in the Mis­sis­sippi Delta.

Each fam­ily has sons who are re­turn­ing home af­ter the war: Jamie McAl­lan (Gar­rett Hed­lund) and Ron­sel Jack­son (Ja­son Mitchell). They form an un­likely friend­ship based on their shared ex­pe­ri­ence and the hor­rors of con­flict, but face starkly dif­fer­ent re­al­i­ties.

In the wake of last month’s white su­prem­a­cist rally and deadly protest in Char­lottesville, Va., Rees said the film will now likely be seen by many view­ers through a new per­spec­tive.

“We were at Sun­dance, and we were at the break­fast bar and we heard th­ese guys talk­ing. And they said: ‘Mud­bound was good, but I thought the Klan scene was over the top,’” Rees re­called.

“Those two guys prob­a­bly won’t think the Klan scene is over the top now that we’ve lit­er­ally seen guys march­ing in the streets with brass knuck­les and pep­per spray and shields.”

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