In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
- Benh Zeitlin
- Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar
- Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while.Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 01.08.2013
What is also extraordinary is that almost all the people we see are actors. So this is not a documentary but a moving enactment by people who are themselves moved.Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 06.17.2013
A dreamy but strikingly immediate and frayed-at-the-edges, child's-eye view of life on the margins of America.Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 10.16.2012
Beautiful, funny, timely and tender, this is the American arthouse movie of the year.Damon Wise, Empire Magazine, 10.15.2012