About Martha Baker

Directed by Benh Zeitlin; Written by Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” may get lost amid the summer blockbusters although it is just as mythic as “Prometheus” and, like “Brave,” stars an incredibly strong girl, but it risks getting covered up by films of less subtlety and grace.

Hushpuppy lives with her father, Wink, in the part of the Louisiana delta known as The Bathtub. His love for his girl is tough, preparatory. He lives in his house; she lives in hers across the way — neither shack would be featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Wink rings a bell when dinner’s done, which means the chicken he killed and grilled is ready for them to devour down to the bones. Hushpuppy’s mother has been long gone. The girl talks to her mother, or to the abandoned athletic jersey draped over a chair, and she longs for her, calling “Mamma” into the wet horizon. On top of that loss, Wink is dying.

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