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Beasts of the Southern WIld

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It's a film so completely unique that it's hard to imagine how it was even made.

The Guardian

One of the most magical and powerful films you will ever see, and an incredibly imaginative look at the impact of climate change.

Fearless six-year-old girl Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her hot-tempered father Wink in "the Bathtub" a fictitious southern bayou community on an island surrounded by rising waters. As Wink contracts a mysterious illness, a massive storm floods the community, which Hushpuppy vividly imagines is caused by the ice caps melting, which in turn has unleashed an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. Desperate to save her ailing father and repair the structure of the world, this tiny hero is forced to learn how to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. 

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Director(s): Benh Zeitlin   Country of Origin: United States  Year: 2012   Running Time: 1hr 33 mins  
BBFC Advice: 12A Parental supervision required for children under 12.  

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Film Club said...

As a group we were split on this film, between those who really loved the film and would include it in their films of the year and those who simply could not engage with the film or its charcters. However, all agree that the film was beutifuly shot and was not as fantastical as anticipated having viewed the trailer. The film stands or falls on the whether you believe in the performance of Quvenzhané Wallis as “Hushpuppy” and for most of us we found the performance believable and engaging, particularly so when considering her age. With out a doubt this film will continue to generate a lot of interest and it would not be surprising to see it on the Oscar list.

4 years ago

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Mr Thompson said...

Seen through the eyes and imagination, fueled by her teacher, of caring six year old Hushpuppy the film uses elements of magic realism to tell the story of the inhabitants of tin shack 'the bathtub' before and after the New Orleans hurricane, touching on elements of global catastrophe and community. Terrific performances from non actors, Quvenzhane Wallis gives a superb unsentimental performance in a remarkable piece of film making.

4 years ago

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