Release Date
June 27, 2012
Director
Benh Zeitlin
Screenplay
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Based On The Play By
Lucy Alibar
Distributed By
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Budget
$1.8 million
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality
91 minutes

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Impressive on most accounts, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” makes the most of its unknown director and first time cast to create a truly grand story of ingenuity. With the young Quvenzhane Wallis carrying most of the film with her narration and young body-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 community of “the Bathtub” is impoverished by a storm that puts them underwater, for the most part. 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, it is hard to grasp and hold onto just one. In a truly unique adventure, Benh Zeitlin’s first feature film is a success.

 

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