Ben Richards
Anthony Breznican
May 01, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beasts of the Southern Wild

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/27/12
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) may not look like much, but you’d definitely want her on your side when the floodwaters rise, prehistoric creatures start marching across the land, and the apocalypse looms on the horizon. In a dreamlike fable that won the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the intrepid Hushpuppy tries to rescue her ailing daddy, Wink (Dwight Henry), from what appears to be the end of the world. As if the subject weren’t daunting enough, first-time feature director Benh Zeitlin cast nonprofessional actors in all the roles. As a result, the screenplay — which Zeitlin co-wrote with Lucy Alibar — ”had to be flexible enough so that when we found each actor we could change the character to fit them,” he says.

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