Beasts of the Southern Wild is set on the fictional Isle de Charles Doucet. Called the “Bathtub”, this community is in the Louisiana bayou and isolated from the rest of “civilization” by a levee.
This unique and powerful film is told from the vantage of Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). Reared solely by her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), her only connection to her mother is an athletic jersey to which Hushpuppy often talks. The four-year old is unaware of her life’s true ills, such as extreme poverty, poor education, abandonment, and the damages caused by the excessive drinking of Wink and his friends. One thing that is positive is her interest in learning, especially the lesson featuring the aurochs, or pre-historic cattle, that is taught by Miss Bathsheba (Gina Montana).