Film review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

By David Larsen In Film

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27th November, 2012
Living on the margins does not mean what you think it does. Early in writer/director Benh Zeitlin’s electric debut feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, we watch a boat move across the screen. Well, not so much a boat as a repurposed fragment of a broken-down truck, set afloat and piloted slowly through the Louisiana bayous by six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis, six years old herself, and a revelation) and her volatile father, Wink (Dwight Henry). Everything in their subsistence, off-the-grid lives is broken-down and adapted, but the ocean stretches limitless behind them: ...

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