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Beasts of the Southern Wild  


Hushpuppy: Quvenzhane Wallis
Wink: Dwight Henry
Jean Battiste: Levy Easterly
Miss Bathsheba: Gina Montana
Review January 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild is the reason we go to movies. A fantastical tale that depicts the life of a six year old girl named Hushpuppy, growing up with her father in a region of the bayou known as the bathtub, just on the other side of the levees. It's a desolate, post-apocalyptic place with rising waters, widespread poverty, and dilapidated housing. But from a child's point of view, it is the prettiest place on Earth. Unfortunately, that all comes crashing down when a heavy storm floods the region and along with her father's fading health, forces Hushpuppy to become mature and resourceful in order to survive. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an amazing accomplishment. Directed by Behn Zeitlin on a low budget with lofty ambitions, it perfectly balances real world hardships with child-like imagination. Featuring a tour de force performance from Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild is pure movie magic. For once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub.

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