BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JANUARY 20, 2013

Impressive on most accounts, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” makes the most of its unknown director and first-time cast to create a grand story of ingenuity. With the young Quvenzhane Wallis carrying most of the film with her narration and young girl/old soul mentality, there’s an other-worldly-ness to the entire film. Shot on location around New Orleans, a place depicted as being cut off from the world, where the small, impoverished community of “the Bathtub” is put underwater by a storm. Finding strength in its father-daughter connection that is more about survival than love or compassion, there are so many ideas and themes in the film that it is hard to grasp and hold onto just one. Benh Zeitlin’s first feature film is a success and a truly unique adventure.

RELEASE DATE
June 27, 2012

DIRECTOR
Benh Zeitlin

WRITTEN BY
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin

BASED ON
“Juicy and Delicious”
by Lucy Alibar

STUDIO
Fox Searchlight Pictures

PG-13
(for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality)

ADVENTURE
DRAMA
FANTASY

91 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ben Richardson

COMPOSER
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin

EDITOR
Crockett Doob
Affonso Gonçalves

CAST
Quvenzhané Wallis
Dwight Henry

PRODUCED BY
Dan Janvey
Josh Penn
Michael Gottwald

BUDGET
$1.8 million

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