This is a film that came from nowhere and got a lot of critics heaping praise on it. It's the story of a six year old girl (wonderfully played by Quvenzhane Wallis) who lives in a forgotten bayou community on the wrong side of the levee in New Orleans.
When the big storm comes, as all of the bayou residents know it must, then the community needs to fight for its survival.
There are some very moving scenes of community self reliance, people fishing together and building gardens out of nothing and lots of social gatherings where it becomes obvious that the company matters more than anything else.
On the other hand, the six year old's commentary about everything being
connected is either super cute or rather annoying depending on your
point of view and the film does seem to lack energy and direction at some points.
Overall though, it's an important film, because it forces the viewer to think about what might happen when the waters rise where we live.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is on at the Edinburgh Filmhouse until Thursday 20 December.
Meanwhile, my haiku today on Daily Haiku is here.
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