Rated PG-13 · 93 minutes · 2012

One of the signature films of 2012 and one of the more creative American movies in a long while, Beasts of the Southern Wild introduces us to life in The Bathtub, a desolate island in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans. It introduces us to a Hurricane Katrina-like storm that will surely wipe out The Bathtub. And it introduces us to a classic father-child combination: Wink (Dwight Henry) and the precocious Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). We see the fate of The Bathtub through Hushpuppy’s 6-year-old eyes, and it’s a fantastic bit of wonderment.

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Official Site: beastsofthesouthernwild.com
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Producer: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Mezey and Michael Raisler
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana, Nicholas Clark and Jovan Hathaway


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Seven Days Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Review by Margot Harrison 08/08/2012
Style Weekly Movie Review: "Beasts of the Southern Wild." A child's imagination floods this sometimes confounding film. by Wayne Melton 07/24/2012
Charleston City Paper Don't believe the hype about Beasts of the Southern Wild Beasts of the Southern Wild is a gumbo of melting snow caps, fragile father-daughter relationships, locavorism, Katrina conspiracy theories, and giant prehistoric pigs. by Isaac Weeks 07/25/2012
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Indy Week More on the levees in Beasts of the Southern Wild "Isle de Jean Charles—the real-life setting of The Bathtub, where the film's protagonists live—has undergone catastrophic loss. The island used to be four miles wide; now it's about 1,000 feet wide." — Barry Yeoman by David Fellerath 08/01/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Talk about the passion: Beasts of the Southern Wild It's so compelling as a character study that it's somehow disappointing when it veers into obvious allegory. by Scott Renshaw 07/25/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Beasts of the Southern Wild makes myth of Hurricane Katrina imagery Sundance hit walks a fine line between fetishizing poverty and celebrating a life free of modern constraints by Curt Holman 07/06/2012
Chicago Reader The haunting southern gothic Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild portrays life on a Louisiana floodplain by J.R. Jones 07/03/2012
Portland Mercury Of Children and Pig Monsters The fantastic, surreal Beasts of the Southern Wild. by Ben Coleman 07/12/2012
Memphis Flyer Swept Away A Katrina-informed Delta fable is one of the year's most interesting films. by Chris Herrington 07/26/2012
The Coast Halifax Beasts of the Southern Wild A dream world with social, political and economic meaning by Molly Segal 07/26/2012
Indy Week Beasts of the Southern Wild is an ambitious Cajun epic set in the all-too-near future Featuring a cast of unknowns, Benh Zeitlin's film is an apocalyptic fever dream of the Mississippi Delta, haunted by the specter of Hurricane Katrina and our current ecological anxieties. by David Fellerath 07/25/2012
East Bay Express Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy in Wonderland. by Kelly Vance 07/11/2012

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