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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Rated PG-13 91 min. 2012

Featuring a cast of unknowns, this is an apocalyptic fever dream of the Mississippi Delta, haunted by the specter of Hurricane Katrina and our current ecological anxieties. We're introduced to a multi-ethnic band of Cajuns in the not-too-distant future, a group of defiant holdouts who hang on to their booze and crayfish and folk traditions even as their habitat vanishes around them. The story is told through the bright eyes of Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a 6-year-old girl who lives with her dying father, Wink (Dwight Henry), who must teach her survival skills before the coming floods. This film, by newcomer Benh Zeitlin, overreaches for everything in sight, but for long periods, its grasp is true and strong.

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Director: Benh Zeitlin

Writer: Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin

Producer: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn

Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry


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