In the Bathtub—the fictional Louisiana bayou settlement that forms the backdrop for the enchanting Beasts of the Southern Wild—the
price of existing off the grid is living in waterlogged squalor. Shot
among the ravages of post-Katrina New Orleans but set on the eve of the
hurricane’s arrival, the film is a clear allegory for the Ninth Ward.
But as far as we know, the Bathtub we experience exists only in the mind
of Hushpuppy (dynamo Quvenzhané Wallis). And it’s got giant, mythical
horned pigs in it—it’s like Southern-fried, live-action Miyazaki. Is it
messy? A bit. But like the Bathtub, that’s part of its charm and power.
- Showing at: Hollywood Theatre.
- Best paired with: Woodchuck Cider.
- Also screening: Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (Laurelhurst).