Beasts of the Southern Wild

She drove the Chevy to the levee, but the levee proved wetter than anticipated

Six-year-old Hushpuppy lives in cheerful squalor in a close-knit, alcohol- and seafood-fuelled community called the Bathtub, in the Louisiana bayou. A levee and a whole different world view  separate these fringe-dwellers from ‘civilised’ society.

Hushpuppy’s father Wink provides basic care but withholds his affection in the hope of toughening her up, to prepare her for life without him: he’s dying. When, on top of that, a storm floods the Bathtub, it seems Hushpuppy’s way of life will change forever.

Seen through Hushpuppy’s eyes and punctuated by her fantasies of ancient threatening beasts, this dreamlike film is as unstructured as Hushpuppy’s life. But it hooks you in with its resonant portrayal of a ‘primitive’ society determined to survive in the face of powerful forces of conformity. 7/10

Released September 13, 2012.


3 thoughts on “Beasts of the Southern Wild

  1. Glad to here you liked this movie, I’ve heard very positive things about it and am finally getting out to go see it tonight. I know that the short format of your reviews doesn’t allow for much elaboration but if you want to go into further discussion of it feel free hit me up 🙂

    1. Very true, I try to avoid giving myself any sort of impression of a movie before I actually see it but sometimes I just can’t help myself and look at the Rotten Tomatoes score anyway, lol

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