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Beasts of the Southern Wild

 
 

Directed by Benh Zeitlin, USA 2012
93 mins. English dialogue

WINNER : GRAND JURY PRIZE AT 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER : CAMÉRA D'OR AT 2012 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"A blast of sheer, improbable joy, a boisterous, thrilling action movie with a protagonist who can hold her own ... Hushpuppy, the 6-year-old heroine has a smile to charm fish out of the water and a scowl so fierce it can stop monsters in their tracks."  (A O Scott - New York Times)

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