Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Movie Monday: Wild Thing

Film festivals can be a great source of information. News from these shows can illuminate the hot new films that will be coming out soon. And if a title gains major favor and awards, you know that it is a movie you should look forward to seeing. This isn't a guaranteed sure thing, however; there are huge differences between Little Miss Sunshine and The Tree of Life, after all. Beasts of the Southern Wild certainly looks interesting, and it won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize and Cannes' Camera d'Or (their award for best film by a first time director). But can it possibly live up to that level of expectation?

 Hushpuppy, a six year-old girl, lives in the "Bathtub", a southern delta community, with her daddy. The folk of the Bathtub happy live apart from modern society, even as they know that eventually their homes will soon be permanently underwater. When tragedy befalls the community, Hushpuppy must undergo a journey from where she needs her father's help and guidance to a place where she can care for herself, and discover her place in the universe.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is directed by Benh Zeitlin and stars Quevenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry.

Click here for the full review at Open Letters Monthly.

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