Film Review: Mellow Mud

Euro But Not Trash

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Childhood’s End: Tragic circumstances force a young girl to fight for what’s left of her family.

Renars Vimba’s feature-length directorial debut is an emotionally resonant account of one person’s struggles against the disintegration of everything she knows.

In rural Latvia ,a young girl and her brother have endured a traumatic childhood. Following the death of their father, they have had to cope with being abandoned by their mother. Living with an acidic grandmother they endure a life with no comforts and precious little affection. The alternative to a harsh existence in a run-down farmhouse with a toxic grandparent is being sent to an orphanage.

When her grandmother unexpectedly dies Raya (Elīna Vaska) is forced to become protector for her younger brother, Robis (Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls). Several months away from her eighteenth birthday Raya is not legally entitled to be appointed guardian of her sibling. To prevent the pair being taken into…

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