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Mudbound: Race relations in post-war US

 

By Damon Smith

Streaming services have been flexing their muscles with increasing success in the race for the Oscars. Last year, Amazon won three golden statuettes for Manchester By The Sea and The Salesman, while Netflix emerged victorious with wartime documentary The White Helmets.

Director Dee Rees' compelling period drama Mudbound, which is adapted from the debut novel by Hillary Jordan, is a strong contender for consideration at next year's Academy Awards. The film skilfully contrasts the bruising experiences of two Mississippi families - one black, the other white - in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The fates of these two emotionally wounded clans become inextricably entwined when Henry's brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) and Hap's eldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) return from the battlefield, bearing deep psychological scars.

Rees' film is available to stream on Netflix.

Three stars

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