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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  5 July 2012 (Russia)
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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.



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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 Sundance Film Festival

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Bestias del sur salvaje  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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$169,702 (USA) (29 June 2012)


$12,784,397 (USA) (15 March 2013)

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Originally, in its Sundance workshop phase , there was no formal script for "Beasts," and co-writers Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar shared "a moment of panic" when they quickly had to combine two separate ideas for the film into one that would work. In the process, they abandoned the idea that the story would be some type of "fable comedy." See more »


When Hushpuppy places the Michael Jordan jersey on her sleeping father the shot is reversed - the number 23 is backwards. See more »


[first lines]
Hushpuppy: 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]
Hushpuppy: But sometimes they be talkin' in codes.
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Referenced in Lewis Dalgliesh: Forgive Me Blue Sky (2015) See more »


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Rare Masterpiece
22 June 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Blew away a screening room of industry professionals at the Producers' Guild New York. Far more interesting than the publicity and most published reviews. It's intensely visual, in a way that I associate with visual masterpieces like Avatar.

It's a world of 9 year old girl Hushpuppies and her neighbors and friends in a Louisiana Bayou. They are poor in a way most of us never have to face, incredibly spirited, and far more complicated characters than commonly met in film. They are constantly surprising us in what they do, where they go, and what their world looks like.

Quvenzhané Wallis is only nine years old, never acted before, and gives a performance worthy of an Oscar. She's never acted before, but Benh Zeitlin drew an amazing performance from her. The actors all come alive, as does the world they are filmed in.

the aurochs are also remarkable.

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