Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild just for the air conditioning and was rewarded with a powerful and moving experience. Based primarily in "the bathtub", an isolated bayou community, the film chronicles a time period before and after a catastrophic storm, presumably Katrina. Above and beyond that, it addresses such themes as daily existence, alcoholism, the power of cultural ties, and the fabric of the universe, all through the eyes of Hushpuppy, a motherless little girl with a hard drinking father. Quvenzhané Wallis'performance as the proud and defiant Hushpuppy is outstanding.

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