“One part The Night of the Hunter and two parts Huckleberry Finn, Mud may be born of the same rustic sensibility that fueled everyone from Andrew Wyeth to Terrence Malick, but director Jeff Nichols expresses this outlook in a decidedly personal way.

“Apart from tapping his two teen leads fresh from The Tree of Life — the creative equivalent of eating the heart of another to absorb his spirit — few of Nichols’ artistic decisions seem recycled from other sources, and even that kindred casting choice is fully justified by the plausibly naturalistic way both young thesps embody their characters.” — from Peter Debruge‘s 5.25 Variety review.

Here’s an mp3 of yesterday morning’s press conference. And stand-out quotes from same.