Thiago is a sensitive and imaginative boy living on a small, hardscrabble farm in a remote region of Brazil. His life is filled not only with curiosity and youthful discovery, but also the reality of his parent's unhappy marriage and his father's abuse—all of which are one day changed by a chance encounter and unexpected gift.
Director Sandra Kogut, in her poetic adaptation of the Brazilian short story Campo Geral, focuses on minute details of rural life to tell a bittersweet story of one boy's coming-of-age amidst events both great and small.
"An attractive mood piece repping a narrow rural world as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old, 'Mutum' captures the child's bewilderment about adult life."
"A stunning glimpse into life in rural Brazil. … To be sure, the film is dramatic, but there are moments of joy…that are so pure and innocent you'll feel like crying. The film is richly layered with religious and cultural themes, and the ending is one of the best I've seen in a very long time." –Getafilm
Mutum is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
A stunning glimpse into life in rural Brazil... To be sure, the film is dramatic, but there are moments of joy... that are so pure and innocent you ll feel like crying. The film is richly layered with religious and cultural themes, and the ending is one of the best I ve seen in a very long time. --Getafilm
One of the gems of this year's Lincoln Center Film Series, Brazil's Mutum is the very model of how to make a movie about a poor, rural family - and make it consistently fascinating, real, vital and important. This remote place is so stunningly brought to life that we soon become a part of it. Mutum, without ever raising its voice, has us hanging on every detail. This is a movie I could easily see again. And again. --GreenCine.com