I watched the trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild on a whim, and was instantly transfixed (watch it in HD). The imagery brought to mind the magical realism that can be found in David Gordon Green’s independent films, and there’s a definite Malick vibe in there, too. Here’s the official synopsis:
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
The film showed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received some rave reviews. The Huffington Post’s Michael Hogan, for example, called it “visually stunning and boldly unorthodox”. More reviews can be found at Rotten Tomatoes, where Beasts of the Southern Wild currently has a score of 88%.