When the World Comes Apart

Movies: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, striving to survive

The film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is about that moment when a child realizes that the world is not the eternally stable, safe place it once seemed, and that the infallible parent who takes care of everything might not always be there.

Filmed in a richly detailed visual style, with touches of magical realism and fantasy, and starring an extraordinary cast of first-time actors, “Beasts” creates an entrancing and terrifying world.

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