Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

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(96) IMDb 7.3/10
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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.

Starring:
Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
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Beasts Of The Southern Wild

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Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes, Levy Easterly, Pamela Harper
Director Benh Zeitlin
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 11 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes, Levy Easterly, Pamela Harper
Director Benh Zeitlin
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 11 February 2013
Main languages English

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a unique parable on growing up. 6 year-old Hushpuppy virtually looks after herself amidst the crushing poverty of a Louisiana Bayou called Bathtub. Her dysfunctional father, Wink, is a drinker with serious health problems & her mother has "gone" - seemingly dead but given that it's from the perspective of a 6 year-old, it's somewhat ambiguous. When a major storm floods the appropriately named Bathtub, she is forced to fight for survival & seek her place in the world. In her imagination, the danger takes the form of Aurochs - ancient creatures who the closest thing she has to a teacher tells her died out because they were stupid. Will Hushpuppy & her community fare any better?

I was concerned this would be one of those American films which substitute genuine emotion for lashings of sentimentality but thankfully this was not the case. A lot of its impact is due to the incredible performance of 6 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. She has an astonishing ability to simultaneously convey strength & vulnerability which is beyond most adult actors. The relationship between her & Dwight Henry, who plays her father, is amazing to watch. Another first-time actor, Henry had no ambitions in that area until encouraged by casting agents whose offices were opposite the bakery he worked in. But he was perfect for the role because, in his words, he "was in Hurricane Katrina in neck-high water" & thus "brought a passion to the part that an outside actor who had never seen a storm or been in a flood or faced losing everything couldn't have". So despite the OTT nature of the approaching semi-mythical creatures, this film feels incredibly real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KB on 11 Mar 2013
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Having read the synopsis I really couldn't get very excited about this film but rented it on a whim given the high-scores awarded by viewers on lovefilm. I'm really glad I did as it's now one of my favorites - quite simply a beautiful, unconventional and surprisingly moving film. The soundtrack deserves praise too which I've since gone onto buy. Other reviewers have done a good job providing a synopsis so I've avoided duplicating one here.

Obviously this film is not to everyone's taste given some of the bad reviews it's received but I suggest you give it a go and judge for yourself - you might be one of the lucky ones like me who find themselves completely absorbed. I will certainly be highly recommending it to friends and family.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Leigh on 2 Nov 2012
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I agree with all the negative comments by the other reviewers, but I must add that there are so many excellent aspects that you must see the film for yourself. The episode of the aurochs DOES seem a bit much, but it's still a very powerful scene. The brothel scene IS a bit odd, but also very moving ( an instant where you think of a mother and her child). There are aspects of the plot which don't convince me at all - as if they are there to serve a pre-existent agenda which was not concerned with being convincing. Perhaps it's best to see the film, not as a failed attempt at realism, but as magic realism. Remember: the central character is a very young child whose life has been unsettled (understatement of the year) and whose view of the workd is partly coloured by what she has learned, or thinks she has learned. As you can tell, I'm trying to persuade myself as well as you. Visually, alone, the film's essential viewing. I remember the first time I saw Paradjanov's "Colour of Pomegranates" - coming out of the cinema utterly baffled, but also utterly overwhelmed. As time passes, that film makes more sense (in its own way)and is, I think, a masterpiece. Maybe I'll end up feeling the same about "Beasts". You must watch it, simply because there is nothing like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Example Mark on 12 Aug 2014
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I watched this movie with my wife who, like many of the reviewers who gave this film one and two stars, found it pretentious and confusing. I loved it and felt it was a film highly charged with emotions. I thought it achieved what the director sought to achieve.
In my opinion, though, the only way to watch this movie is truly through a child's eyes. Where the world can be scary, confusing and mysterious. The problem is many of us forgot how we were all those years ago and if things are not laid out in a structured (mainstream) way we might struggle to appreciate it. Even to accept it.
Interestingly, earlier the same day I had watched "The Lego Movie" with my six year-old daughter, and at the end of that movie there was some kind of message for grown-ups that was quite sweet and helped me to view "The Beasts..." on a different light.
All in all, a beautiful movie which I would recommend to anyone who either can change their perspective at will or wants to give it a try :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Feb 2013
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I was very pleased to receive an advance review copy from Vine of this surprisingly good little film. At first I thought I was not going to like it, but it grew on me and I found myself enjoying the sideways look at the fragile and fantastic world of a child and how she manages to cope with traumatic events. The Amazon blurb gives us quite a good feel for the film, and I think most of the critical acclaim seems to be well deserved.

The acting and photography were both brilliant, especially when one considers how few of them involved were professionals, and that the 'Bathtub' is a real place, and that these were real people in a very unconventional (to most of us) environment, and that it was made on a shoestring.

Not everyone will like this film, and quite a few will be bored stiff and give up too soon, but many others will love it for the amazing detail and insight into human character and relationships and their ability to rise above their problems. I think it will appeal more to women than men. Perhaps being a fond father of daughters helps one to appreciate it more.

The 'making of' was also interesting, and, having understood this, it adds another dimension to the very real qualities behind the film itself.
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