It is also dramatic, sad and frightening.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a huge surprise. It is so different from anything I have seen before. The film is set in a southern Louisiana bayou community, external to the rest of American civilisation. The actors are all non-professional local residents. The rawness of the acting and locations gives authenticity to a very strong script.
You will be awe-struck by little Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of the film, who was only six years old during production. Her acting range is stunning. The man who plays her father, Dwight Henry, is also superb.
Here is a film where you really do care what happens to the characters.
You may need subtitles for the first few minutes of the film until you get used to the strong Terrebonne Parish (Louisiana) accents.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Direction: Benh Zeitlin
Screenplay: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Cinematography: Ben Richardson
Editing: Crockett Doob, Affonso Gonçalves
Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
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