“Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lives with her daddy in the bathtub”

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Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Film #22 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 

I didn’t quite get a lot of it at first, are the beasts walking around,supposed to be real? I figured they were supposed to be figments of her imagination, but the way it was shown, you weren’t quite sure. I suppose that is what the filmmakers were going for, since it is shown through Hushpuppy’s eyes the lines between what is real and what is imaginary are often blurred.

It is a story of a father and his precocious daughter caught in a tough life in Louisiana’s poverty-stricken bayou area called “The Bathtub.” When a big storm which resembles that of Hurricane Katrina devastates their community, their already upside-down life goes into a further tumble. I cannot say I liked this film, it is not uplifting or inspiring. It is actually very morbid – they only survive on animals, Hushpuppy must burn her father once he dies, etc. It is just a reality check for everyone who forgets that people actually live in such abject conditions in America (and the world). This is the unknown land devoid of high-tech conveniences of life, and we see it here in the eyes of a jaded child. Hushpuppy’s vivid visions of collapsing icecaps and rampaging aurochs, as how she visualizes the fury of the storm. 

What I particularly didn’t like about the film is how they didn’t want any outside help. Yes they had their pride and their home is their home, but even when the father is very sick he still wants no help, even if that means leaving his daughter all alone. Also, if the people in the land hate modern conveniences (chicken on a stick) why are they drinking alcohol constantly? Where do they get the money for it? Child abuse, alcoholism and casual prostitution are fine as long as they’re done against a backdrop of tweeness. The film had some great lines but are we really suppose to believe they come from a 6 year old, barely educated young girl? “When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces”.

6/10

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