Beasts of the Southern Wild has been met with critical acclaim but I have also read quite a few criticisms of it, most notably arguing that it romanticises poverty. I disagree with this. Firstly the film is told through the eyes of a child who was born into these circumstances and secondly an important portion of the film is metaphorical. It tells the story of a young girl and her ill father who live in the "bathtub", a poverty stricken area situated on the upper side of a levy. A hurricane hits, destroying everything and the survivors of this community band together struggling to survive. At first she is living in a world that is rapidly closing in on her and through adversity and courage she faces fears, responsibilities and maturity. It's a beautiful story told from a child's perspective. We watched it with our 11 year old son and when the credits rolled he said "I loved that! That was great!". THAT right there affirms the film for me. Such a deep and affecting film. If you were't aware, this has been nominated for several Academy Awards including best picture and best actress. I doubt it will win either but I do think it deserves the recognition. Wonderful stuff.