BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
Produced by Josh Penn, Dan Janvey & Michael Gottwald
Written by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Cinematography by Ben Richardson
Released: June 27, 2012 (USA)
Synopsis: Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), 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.
Every once in a while there comes a movie that bristles with such authenticity even though it’s a narrative and even described as a “fantasy drama”, ‘Beasts’ is such a film. Even if you have never been to the “southern Delta” you sense you know what it FEELS like to live there.
The director Benh Zeitlin with the aid of cinematographer Ben Richardson imbues ‘Beasts’ with measured attention to what it’s like to live in such a southern community. You can feel the heat, the stickiness, the grit of the south just by watching Hushpuppy and her father Wink go about their lives in this terrain. And that is the real treasure of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wink and Hushpuppy.
|Wink and Hushpuppy|
That brings me to the young lady that everyone is talking about the outstanding Quvenzhané Wallis (pictured below)
Wikipedia states “The film has received largely enthusiastic critical reception.” and I too must now join the chorus.
Even though I’ve seen several excellent films this year, Beasts of the Southern Wild was simply the BEST one I’ve seen all year. I’m not going to say anymore about this film because you should just see it. Truly extraordinary.
Read more about Beasts of the Southern Wild on Wikipedia here