Almost mesmerizing

By DCLaxfan
Written March 01, 2013
Given all the Oscar buzz, I finally dragged myself to see this movie, and I'm glad I did. The movie is set in a fictional shanty town in an island off New Orleans, and follows the relationship between an ailing single dad and his young daughter. The dad practices self-reliance and tries to instill that through tough-love parenting to his daughter amid a catastrophic flood caused by melting of global ice caps. It is a dreamy movie where the plot flow doesn't matter as much as the characters and the cinematography. The movie would be mesmerizing if it had developed more the role of the fictional beasts called Aurochs that were released from melting ice, but they really don't play a role until the very end of the movie. This is a movie for adults and thinking teens, and not for teens that want action rather than acting. Even though I am leery of movies that are "must go" from critics, I was pleasantly surprised by how a movie with a thin plot can nevertheless be very powerful.
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

By Francoitalian
Written August 03, 2012
I had wanted to see this movie since I read an excellent review before its national release. It did not disappoint. The young actree (and star) was absolutely captivating and gave an Oscar-worthy performance. It is NOT for children although there are a few children featured. Do go see it!
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Can be depressing

By JimJabu
Written July 10, 2012
A small girl tries to make sense of her world, a poverty stricken island off the coast of Louisiana, when she must deal with disaster, sickness, ignorance, squalor and despair. The performances are terrific and the photography is marvelous, but the story itself can be depressing.
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This one left me behind

By djpasullivan
Written July 25, 2014
A 6 year old tries to fend for herself in a community of alcoholics living in remote coastal Louisiana. Interesting photography, stark, disturbing scenery, a wonderful child actor, but the story left me way behind. Not entertaining. Maybe informative, maybe wrenching, maybe "good for you," but not entertaining.
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Wonderful, gritty fantasy, surrealistic reality

By marhjan
Written September 19, 2014
This film is captivating. You keep wanting to know what's going to happen next, but are afraid to see the fruition of the most current theme. The performances are heart-stopping, the circumstances heart-wrenching, yet there is love, loyalty bravery, fantastic fantasy, and truth to a promise. Make sure you experience it!
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