Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

What a wonderful, beautiful, enchanting and original film this is.

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.

Absolutely magnificent!


You may need subtitles for the first few minutes of the film until you get used to the strong Terrebonne Parish (Louisiana) accents.


You can find more information on this U.S. production on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Language: English

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


Full Acting Cast and Roles





  1. I adore this movie, I was a bit skeptical at first but all the characters and the journey they were on was amazing! It was a little bittersweet though 😦

  2. I was awestruck by this film and intensely moved. By the end I was in full sob and I still get a little choked up thinking about it now. Quvenzhané Wallis is truly one of the best young actors I have ever seen.

  3. As an ex-social worker I found it very annoying to watch. I think the movie has some merits but I also felt that it is taking advantage of a culture. I couldn’t figure out why this movie needed to be made. People who refuse help and then everyone jumps on a bandwagon to raise money so that they can sit back and continue to live in squalor. It teaches dependency rather than self-sufficiency. If these were strong souls who wanted a better life, I could respect this but I did not see this at all. That is why it was annoying. Also, as I am an ex-social worker, I was constantly afraid of boundaries being crossed even more between father and daughter. That part alone had me creeped out the entire film. Voyerism is all I could get from the movie, in our age of reality shows and making fun of people’s lives.

  4. I have been putting off seeing this film….don’t know why. But your review has prompted me to check it out.

  5. This was one of those films where I never quite knew where I was or what I was watching, but I enjoyed the journey. More than anything, it was watching Quvenzhané that won me over. I think you just have to go into this one not expecting a strong story, but rather a string of unexpectedly strong emotions.

  6. This is one of those movies people either love or hate, not much in between. I loved it, my roommate hated it. It made me feel a range of emotions, happy, sad, angry, and I admit sometimes confused, but I think that’s what makes a good movie. I watch a lot of movies to relax and forget but it’s nice when a movie can make you think as well.

  7. So interesting to read the post and comments. I wrote a post about it: “Beasts Chewed My Senses, Spit Out My Soul.” It’s not a review, it’s a short piece about the intense sensory impression it made on me – (It does contain some description, though in an abstract way, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet you may want to wait and read it afterwards.)

    Enjoying your blog!

  8. Great blog…at last I have found a blog with decent taste and reviews of film…keep it up!! Your also using imbalance 2 same as me…:)

  9. I have to tell you all something funny: my mother wrote to me yesterday and told me, “That film ‘Breasts of the Southern Wild’ sounds very interesting”.


  10. I should like to see that film, true the accent initially is hard to understand but one gets into it soon enough. Thank you for the tip off.

  11. I agree with jkvegh, the social worker. I grew up around some of the behaviors of islanders like the ones in this film, and there are no boundaries. I found the movie to be very upsetting and I was anxious the entire time. Not realistic to what uneducated, unsupervised, debilitating poverty looks like for little girls.

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