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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Directed (and written) by Benh Zeitlin
Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Running Time: 93 minutes
Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of 6 year old Hushpuppy, living with her Father in a small community called the 'Bathtub', seemingly cut off from the rest of the world.
I liked this film more than I expected, considering it's low budget and unknown stars. The most notable thing is, of course, Quvenzhane Wallis in her film debut, and I completely agree with Roger Ebert who described her as a 'force of nature'. Wallis was 5 when she was cast, and 6 when she filmed 'Beasts', despite having no previous acting experience, she dazzles and enchants as the fearless little Hushpuppy - a role which made her the youngest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history.
Dwight Henry, who plays Hushpuppy's father, Wink, also gives a significant performance - though he was drowned out of media attention by his little co-star.
The story is pretty captivating, and an amazing effort considering it was Benh Zeitlin's debut feature film.
The film as a whole was good - though it didn't have the effortless charm of more experienced productions. This made it slightly less enjoyable at times, and though it was a lovely story, it lacked a sense of visual dazzlement and completion.