Faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 6.9/10 (568 voted)
Critic's Score: 85/100
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Storyline Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in "the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack-temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis
Boy with Bell
Henry D. Coleman
Open Arms Babysitter
Jimmy Lee Moore
The movie was financed by New York-based nonprofit 'Cinereach [us]', and forms the first feature-length project for 'Court 13 Pictures [us]'.
When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces.
Original is the first word that springs to mind
You have never seen anything quite like "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
It is a film that will have you thinking about the love between a
father and a daughter, about appreciating what you have in life and our
ability to adapt to whatever comes at us. Quvenzhané Wallis is certain
to beat Anna Paquin and Tatum O'Neal out as the youngest best actress
nominee in history. Best original Screenplay is also almost a
certainty. Go in with an open mind and enjoy this unique film that
plays almost like a documentary and yet is full of fantasy elements as
well. This is a don't miss.
If I have one quibble with the film it is the hand-held camera
technique that at least in the early scenes is particularly annoying.
It usually takes so much from my enjoyment of the film. I get it
though, it gives it a more realistic feel and in this film it may have
added to the overall experience. Still bugs me though.
Another plus at the screening tonight in Denver was a long Q and A with
the talented director/screenwriter Benh Zeitlin, Dwight Henry who
played the father Wink, and Quvenzhané Wallis. Lovely people all, and I
hope to see their work in many films to come.