We gave it an A
Six-year-old Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) may not look like much, but you’d definitely want her on your side when the floodwaters rise, prehistoric creatures start marching across the land, and the apocalypse looms on the horizon. In a dreamlike fable that won the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the intrepid Hushpuppy tries to rescue her ailing daddy, Wink (Dwight Henry), from what appears to be the end of the world. As if the subject weren’t daunting enough, first-time feature director Benh Zeitlin cast nonprofessional actors in all the roles. As a result, the screenplay — which Zeitlin co-wrote with Lucy Alibar — ”had to be flexible enough so that when we found each actor we could change the character to fit them,” he says.