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Beasts of the Southern Wild PG-13

2012 ▪ 91 Minutes

Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes, and Levy Easterly.


A six-year-old girl from the southern Delta searches for her long-lost mother after her father falls ill and her world spins out of balance in the film that took home the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A harsh but loving father, Wink swore that his beloved daughter Hushpuppy would be prepared for the day he was no longer able to look after her. Little did Wink realize that day would come sooner than anyone suspected, and when illness strikes him down, nature runs amuck. As the soaring temperatures melt ice caps and the sea levels swell, a race of prehistoric beasts named the aurochs emerge to reclaim the planet. Meanwhile, as the apocalypse unfolds, determined Hushpuppy bravely sets out on a mission to reunite with the mother she's never known.


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by rothlaws
on 5/25/13

delightful

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by mattlissauer
on 4/ 3/13

Fantastic film that evokes mythical supernaturalism while also being grounded in reality. Little Quvenzhané Wallis was fantastic and totally deserving of her Oscar nod.

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by abc519
on 3/15/13

This movie had very good acting but it was just so depressing.

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by jfjohnson
on 3/12/13

Jesus, again with the f'ing shaky cam? This is pretty much a real-life version of every Disney movie.

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by goldensylph
on 1/ 6/13

The film is mythic and supernal. All of us can identify with beasts that are coming to confront us in our lives. Are we overcome with fear to run from them in desolation, resignation and submission? Do we stand up to them and overcome their terror. How the bayou country folk face the more obvious beasts in the form of poverty and want through community and solidarity is revealed honestly and without sentimentalism. How the heroine confronts the most horrific beast which is coming and coming for her and her loved ones is a tale you will not easily forget. Absolutely soul touching and marvelous with paired down and real acting performances from the ensemble and amazing truthfulness from Q. Wallis. See it when you are in a quiet soul mood.

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