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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 92 wins & 123 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hushpuppy
... Wink
... Jean Battiste
Lowell Landes ... Walrus
Pamela Harper ... Little Jo
Gina Montana ... Miss Bathsheba
Amber Henry ... LZA
Jonshel Alexander ... Joy Strong
Nicholas Clark ... Boy with Bell
Joseph Brown ... Winston
Henry D. Coleman ... Peter T
Kaliana Brower ... T-Lou
... Dr. Maloney
Hannah Holby ... Open Arms Babysitter
Jimmy Lee Moore ... Sgt. Major
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Storyline

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

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5 July 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Bestias del sur salvaje  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,702, 1 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,795,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,080,058
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Motion Picture Association of America® No. 47448. See more »

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Hushpuppy is sharing food with her dad, but she has crumbs on the corners of her lips already. See more »

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[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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(It Will Have To Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Performed by Fats Waller and His Rhythm
Written by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, L.E. Freeman, Mann Holiner and Alberta Nichols
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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magical, thought-provoking, very, very watchable
26 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I can understand how most people view this film within the context of Hurricane Katrina. But even as a former denizen of the Gulf coast who sat out Alicia, Claudette, Allen, Rita, and Ike, I view this film in a much, much larger context. It goes beyond stereotype and into archetype -- the denizens of the Bathtub aren't poor drunks at the mercy of the environment, they are The People of the world they inhabit. Hushpuppy doesn't have a drunk father, she has a Father, with many of the faults and strengths of the immortal epic heroes -- anger, pride, genuine love and concern. Hushpuppy herself isn't just a little girl, she is The Child -- the purveyor of a magic which is real, intimately connected with her world, imaginatively linked with All Things. The outside world is a place of Things and Machines, of paperwork and rules -- and is never actually named, you see, because that would diminish it. Everything in this film exists within the realm of archetype, and if you watch it with that in mind, its multiple messages take on cosmic significance. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted -- it's going to take a few more days for the entire thing to completely sink in. Outstanding!


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