Friday, December 7, 2012


By D.E.Levine

This film may well be a masterpiece.  It is certainly one of the most creative films to be done in which years.

Working with a tight budget and an even tighter shooting schedule, Director Benh Zeitlin used non-actors and made a totally believable story that borders on brilliant.  Along the way he discovered a talent that may well become a leading actress since Quvenzhane Wallis was only five when she auditioned for the part, seven when she actually made the movie, and at nine is the youngest Academy Award Best Actress Nominee ever.

The film is told from the point of view of six-year-old Huspuppy (Wallis) who lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry) in an area of a Louisiana bayou known as The Bathtub.

Hushpuppy faces a number of threats in The Bathtub which is under threat of flooding from storms.  Missing her deceased mother, Hushpuppy lives near her father who is ill and and keeps disappearing, leaving the little girl to fend for herself.

With a vivid imagination Hushpuppy fantasizes that global warming has unleashed ancient aurochs who are coming to get her.  In this sense the story takes on the feeling of a fairytale.

We see The Bathtub through Hushpuppy's eyes and we hear about it through her narration.  It is a child's simplistic view and it is interwoven with fairytale aspects.

This is a film that cannot be compared to other films because there are no others like it.

The difference has been noticed because the film has been plucked from obscurity and nominated for numerous major category awards with different guilds..