Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
This is a strange film. It took me a while to figure out where we were and even if it was English being spoken, in the end I turned on the subtitles just to be sure. Set in the deep south Mississippi delta in a cut off area the locals call 'the bathtub'. Levies and Dams that have been setup by the big oil rigs and refineries have literally turned the place into one big bathtub when ever it rains. Looks like local government didn't do a survey of the land to find out the effects this would have on the local fauna ;-(
Hushpuppy is a 6 year old black girl living with her father off the land in what looked like a garbage tip or at the very least an episode from American Pickers. There is crap everywhere and all it seems everybody is doing is drinking themselves stupid. It's tough having 365 public holidays a year, and those beer bottles don't grow on trees.
But I digress, because this film is shown through the eyes of an innocent 6 year old girl and the magic that she sees when interpreting the world around her. To her and the people that live there, the 'Bathtub' is an Eden built from the debris of so called civilization. The levy wall is the metaphor for the division in America today. There are a lot of great symbolic themes through out that will make you ponder who the beast is in reference too. ROB
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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. Review and Trailer of film Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy is a 6 year old black girl living with her father off the land in what looked like a garbage tip or at the very least an episode from American Pickers...