Movie News & Reviews

July 26, 2012

'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Director, novice actors weave a brilliant tale

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a homespun slice of cinematic magical realism set in the bayou of myth, among very poor people we recognize as both mythic and all too real. Using untrained actors, natural settings and the simplest of special effects, Zeitlin weaves a minor epic of a tiny girl living almost on her own, in a world that's pretty much off the grid, a motherless child in search of that mother.

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