Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. Written by
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More than half of the cast hails from Louisiana bayou country, including the film's star Quvenzhané Wallis, and five others in speaking roles. See more »
When Hushpuppy's dad poured drinks for him and Hushpuppy, he placed the plastic container cup in front of him and a cup with handle for Hushpuppy. Hushpuppy is seen drinking from the cup with handle, but the next shot her dad is drinking from Hushpuppy's cup, and then the next shot is the plastic container cup, then the one with handle again. See more »
All the time, everywhere, everything's hearts are beating and squirting, and talking to each other the ways I can't understand. Most of the time they probably be saying: I'm hungry, or I gotta poop.
[listening to bird's heartbeat]
But sometimes they be talkin' in codes.
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I was hoping to see something really worth seeing. Instead, what I saw amounted to Liberal pornography, as deeply racist in its supposed humanism as anything from the deep dark racist past. All 'dem Cajuns may be poor, but they are so natural and happy, you should jus' see them drink, and party, and dance. It is like a Gabriel Marquez fantasy on a bad acid trip, taking us from auruchs, ice ages, and global warming to hurricanes, fire, and endless human disaster. The "noble savage"embodied the essential racist colonial myth; this stereotyping of the Cajun culture speaks to its post-colonial continuance,which is just as racist, only worse in its totally exploitive, pornographic pretense at presenting this characterization as believable and humane. The fact that the director, a twenty-something kid from Queens, shamelessly exploited his Cajun cast is even more disgusting. Perhaps the only thing worse is the mindless groveling over the film by what passes for the American liberal intelligensia. This film is a hate crime committed against all of us.
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