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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Quotes

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"Beasts of the Southern Wild" movie quotes provide narrative to the fantasy drama film starring young actress Quvenzhane Wallis. Benh Zeitlin directed the film, which he co-wrote with Lucy Alibar based on Alibar's one-act play "Juicy and Delicious." "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was released on June 27, 2012, to critical acclaim and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quvenzhane Wallis portrays Hushpuppy, a young girl in a small Southern Louisiana bayou town of Bathtub. Hushpuppy sees the world differently of most folks and is wise beyond her years, quite the difference from her custodial father, Wink. As a massive storm approaches, one destined to wipe out their tiny village, Hushpuppy and Wink remain vigilant and optimistic.

The storm comes and goes leaving the residents of the Bathtub to revert to their more primitive days for catching and eating meat and fish. Wink tries his best to give Hushpuppy the skills she will need to survive on her own as he realizes due to failing health, his time on this planet is coming to an end. Though all of the adversity, including not knowing her mother, Hushpuppy remains a strong and positive young girl who stays determined to do big things with her life.

While the performance from six-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis is one to be remembered, it is not the only one making a case for Oscar nominations. Other films who received looks included "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Red Dawn," "Chasing Mavericks," "Rise of the Guardians," "Argo," and "Looper."
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    The Whole Universe

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    Hushpuppy: "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted."

    As Hushpuppy explains, everything in this world is connected. One small shift in the natural order of things might seem minor but that one change might have a ripple effect that can spread far and wide.
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    Hushpuppy: "In a million years when kids go to school, they're gonna know, there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub."

    Hushpuppy has big plans for her life and nothing, not even a storm, will stop in her way. Someday, she says, people will know her name.
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    We Stay Right Here

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    Hushpuppy: "One day, the storm's gonna blow, the ground's gonna sink and the water's gonna rise up so high ain't gonna be no Bathtub, just a whole bunch of water… But me and my daddy, we stay right here. We is who the earth is for."

    Showing she is wise beyond her years, Hushpuppy does not stress over the storm that will soon destroy her town, instead she appreciates what she has, the beauty of the earth.
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    No Time to Sit Around Crying

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    Hushpuppy: "It wasn't no time to sit around crying like a bunch of babies. We're going to make a camp right on top of the Bathtub. We got enough animals to eat until the water goes down."

    Even in the face of tragedy following the storm, Hushpuppy remains positive. She sees what they have, not what they've lost, and how they can overcome the adversity.
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