• Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Release Date: June 27th, 2012

DVD Release Date: December 4th, 2012

PG-13 |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), in a remote Delta community. Wink is a stern taskmaster, but he is preparing his young daughter for the end of the world. When Wink falls mysteriously ill, nature seems to fall ill with him. Temperatures rise, the ice caps melt and fearsome prehistoric beasts called aurochs run loose. Rising waters threaten to engulf their community, sending Hushpuppy in search of her long-lost mother.

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana, Nicholas Clark, Jovan Hathaway

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Court 13 Pictures

Keywords: Father, Mother, Quest, Growing up, 2010s, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    There's no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year's finest film thus far. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's very much an art piece, to be sure, but it feels like a genuine one that, while meditated, speaks fluently and truly for the place, people and culture it so indelibly depicts. show more

  • 85
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    The success of this exuberant, affecting debut feature from director Benh Zeitlin depends on his ability to universalize the particular, in this case by drawing us into the perspective of a six-year-old girl living in squalor and feeling and uncertainty in the Louisiana bayou, then telling our own story from behind it. show more

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Nominated Directing
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Picture