“The Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“The Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a story of a young girl named Hushpuppy and her father, Wink. They live in the Bathtub, a made up town in southern Louisiana just barely above water level on a small plot of sometimes dry land surrounded by water. The inhabitants of the Bathtube choose to live in this wild and free place without help from the modern world. There is electricity, but no phones, no computers, no stores and no money, just fish, a bar and thrown together houses made from man’s leftovers and discards. People living with the help of each other against the elements.

I saw this wonderful film Friday afternoon, getting lost in the mythic world the filmmakers created for us.

Richmonder Michael Gottwald is one of the film’s producers and introduced the film at the Westhampton Theatre last week. Based on a one act play by Lucy Alibar (IMDB). The screenplay was written by Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, directed by Zeitlin.

There is original music by Dan Romer and Zeitlin as well as some songs by The Lost Bayou Ramblers who played at the National Folk Festival in Richmond in 2006. This along with “Moonrise Kingdom” have made this an already memorable movie summer. Now on to Woody and Batman!

Watch for “Beasts” around oscar time.


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