Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
We present for your consideration 2012's Beasts Of The Southern Wild, recently released on DVD.
This movie won awards at Cannes and Sundance for first-time feature film director Benh Zeitlin.
Somehow it is accomplished in this movie about six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives in the Mississippi Delta with her daddy, Wink. You may find Wink abusive, but perhaps he is preparing Hushpuppy to go on living when he dies.
I cannot tell you to watch this movie. You must decide for yourself if you can bear the destitution, the desecration. You must see for yourself if you can find the love and beauty in the empowerment of a child.
I have decided I will use the following words to describe Beasts Of The Southern Wild:
I predict an Academy Award nomination of some sort for Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays Hushpuppy. It should be a Best Actress nomination, but she might end up shuffled over to Best Supporting Actress.
Hushpuppy: I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.
In this film I see the interconnectedness of humankind, the theme -- the belief -- I love above all others.
Watch if you will. Watch at your own risk. Watch if you dare.
Are you brave enough? It's okay if you aren't. I almost turned off the TV after the first ten minutes, but I made myself stick it out to see if I could find anything redeeming in this film.
And I did.
Infinities of love,
P.S. I sponsor two children through charities that organize that kind of support. The first child is a little girl in Syria; the second child is a boy who lives in the Mississippi Delta. If his life is anything like Hushpuppy's, then my help is a mere drop in his bucket of misery. Don't comfort me. Don't tell me it's enough that I help, because nothing is enough.