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Beasts of the Southern Wild

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?
Title: Beasts of the southern wild
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Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Extras: The making of Beasts of the Southern Wild; Theatrical trailer
DVD release of the 2012 motion picture
Based on the stage play: Juicy and delicious written by Lucy Alibar
Summary: Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality
Awards & Distinctions: Camera d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2012; Grand Jury Prize, US Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 2012
Branch Call Number: BEASTS OF THE
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Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents ; in association with Cinereach ; a Cinereach and Court 13 production ; in association with Journeyman Pictures ; directed by Benh Zeitlin ; screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin ; produced by Dan Janvey & Josh Penn ; executive producers, Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler, Paul Mezey ; producer, Michael Gottwald
Credits: Director of photography, Ben Richardson ; production designer, Alex DiGerlando ; editors, Crockett Doob, Affonso Gonçalves ; music by Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin ; costume designer, Stephani Lewis.
Performers: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Henry D. Coleman, Levy Easterly, Pamela Harper, Jovan Hathaway, Lowell Landes, Jimmy Lee Moore, Gina Montana, Jonshel Alexander, Kaliana Brower, Amber Henry.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (English) and 2.0 stereo surround (Spanish)
Other Language: In English or dubbed Spanish, with optional English SDH, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned ; optional descriptive audio in English for the visually impaired
Subject Headings: Southern States Drama Spanish language materials French language materials Animals, Fossil Drama Climatic changes Drama Fathers and daughters Drama Bayous Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction films
Fantasy films
Feature films
Topical Term: Spanish language materials
French language materials
Animals, Fossil
Climatic changes
Fathers and daughters
Bayous
Publisher No: 2283980
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Jul 26, 2014
  • pegasus71 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This film has a couple of exemplary aspects, fine cinematography and an exceptional performance by a very young actress, Quenzhane Wallis. However, I found the story put together by the director and screenwriters to be a bizarre example of trying to have it both ways. Merging an Alice in Wonderland/Little Red Riding Hood sugar-coated and romanticized fairy tale fantasy with a bleak and despicable landscape of desolate poverty filled with incorrigible alcoholics, an abusive father figure, and a company of prostitutes, while an intriguing possibility as a work of art, when manifested on the screen comes across as jarring and dissonant. Perhaps it was some sort of dark satire of the fairy tale genre, but how is the audience to react positively to a pathetic child, orphaned for all purposes by an absent mother (whether she died or simply ran off abandoning her daughter is never explicitly revealed) and a deranged and alcoholic father who is never quite present and when he is, is continually abusing his young child, either yelling at her, hitting her, or at one point in the movie, engaging her as his drinking partner. Had he been less incapacitated by his health, one could only have expected him to be sexually molesting his daughter as well. Finally realizing he may be dying from his leukemia, Wink in a moment of absurd wisdom, suggests that when he is gone, Hush Puppy can be taken care of by Walrus, an equally incorrigible friend who, along with his wife, drank himself into oblivion the night the big storm hit. Throughout this nightmarish existence for any child, we are expected to have a “feel good” experience as Hush Puppy “sails along” “getting in tune with Life” by listening to the heartbeats of various animals around her or fantasizing about ancient giant boars. Such a scenario reaches a strange climax when Hush Puppy and three of her childhood friends end up at some sort of floating saloon dancing with prostitutes, a scene I assumed was somehow designed to be some sort of symbolic representation of Hush Puppy “finding her mother.” Finally as Hush Puppy torches her father’s floating bier and sends it down the river, she may, indeed survive, but under the fold of Walrus and his wife, even her Giant Boars may well abandon her……………..

I simply can’t understand what the creators of this film were trying to accomplish with such a confusing mix. I would have preferred a more honest and direct approach to the situation, much as was achieved with the marvelous film PRECIOUS which developed a comparable saga of a child trying to survive in an extraordinarily abusive environment.

Jul 05, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Intense film not for young children though it has a child main character. Every thing seems very vivid like a child's experience. Takes place in a fringe community in the Bayou. Some people say it is depressing, it certainly has some very sad parts, but the girl Hush Puppy has a admirable spirit that shines through. Definitely not a typical Hollywood do. I would recommend this thoughtful movie.

This movie is not for everyone. It is quite depressing, you feel sorry for the little girl most of the time. I do admire the determination to make it in the circumstances that they are in thou. Not something that I would watch again, this sticks with you.

Mar 24, 2014
  • proudboy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Beautiful photography. Great performance by the young star. Little or no character development. Aside from the two main actors, the other players are little more than caricatures created to fit the environment as a magical, mystical place, failing to provide even a minimal explanation for why they are so fiercely loyal to The Bathtub. The director doesn't really want to ask tough questions, like: would it be better to leave than to suffer as they are?: is abuse and neglect overcome by intention and love?, and; what is the fundamental nature of their existence and origin?-why are they the way they are? This seems like the worst kind of condescension: one that exploits the poor and addled for the sake of artistic exoticism.

Mar 24, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautifully shot and acted. Very different from what I was expecting, though.

I liked this movie. Quvenzhané Wallis - who played “Hushpuppy” - is an excellent actress. I understand fully why she was an Oscar nominee. I cannot name a child actor – past or present – that has done such a phenomenal job. There is mysticism, symbolism, flashbacks and other filmmaker storytelling nuances in this film. Be prepared to do some critical thinking about how the fantasy elements relate to the plot. It gets deeper and a little more complex.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a conversation starter. It is about the love between a father and a daughter (although disjointed, at times). It is about our ability to adapt to whatever our sad and/or depressing lot may become. America the Beautiful is very ugly at its core. There are plenty of pocketed, “way-way-way-below-the-poverty-line” communities that exist - throughout the country.

Really enjoyed this movie. Adult themes, even though it stars a little girl. Held my almost-11-year-old son's interest, and was just scary enough that he held my hand while watching parts of it... for the first time in months.

Jan 06, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A depressing and sad movie with zero to no plot. Give it a pass.

Dec 19, 2013
  • eliasmerkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good movie. Incredible photography and the acting is phenomenal. The story is touching and interesting. Highly recommend it!

Oct 31, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie sort of sneaks up on the viewer. Not sure what to make of it at first, it's puzzling; sort of a dream-world presentation from a child's point of view of what in real life would be a an out of control, frenetic, life threatening situation. But then, about 2/3 of the way in, you realize this IS real life. Challenges the perception of reality. Visually artistic. Recommended.

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Jul 05, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 11, 2014
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Jun 04, 2013
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Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wink: My only purpose in life is to teach her how to make it.

Wink: I'm your daddy, and it's my job to take care of you, OK?

Hushpuppy: For the animals that didn't have a dad to put them in a boat, the end of the world already happened.

Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Cook: Lemme tell you somethin', when you're a child people tell you that everything's gonna be all hunky-dory and all that bullxxxx, but I'm here to tell you that it's not. So get that out your head right now. Life's some big old feast, yeah, but you? You ain't nothin' but a stupid little waitress. Everything you got on your platter gonna fall on the floor and ain't nobody gonna be there to pick it up for you. Someday it's all gonna be on you.

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