Beasts of the Southern Wild Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.30/10 from 85000 votes
Tags: delta
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Bestias del sur salvaje

Title in Italiano:

Re della terra selvaggia

Title in Português:

Bestas do Sul Selvagem


Six year old Hushpuppy and her single father, Wink, have a unique relationship and existence. They live in a small community coined The Bathtub located in the Mississippi River delta, The Bathtub which has been physically isolated from the rest of the world ever since the building of the levee upstream. Wink and the other adults in The Bathtub have a protective attitude toward their community. Everyone in The Bathtub knows that the community is under threat of being submerged if a big storm hits or with climate change melting the ice caps resulting in a rising sea level, but they refuse to leave regardless.

Hushpuppy and Wink live on a sprawling and seemingly disorganized, rundown and overgrown piece of property off of which they raise animals for food. Father and daughter live in separate raised structures on the property. Despite loving each other, Hushpuppy and Wink have a relationship that is often punctuated by arguments and altercations, sometimes physical. Hushpuppy has a combination of outlooks on life. Some of it is highly fantasized, such as the way she views her absent biological mother solely from the stories told to her by Wink, Hushpuppy who has no remembrance of her directly, or her thoughts of aurochs being released from the melting icecaps - as told to her and the other children by their teacher, holistically minded Miss Bathsheba - only eventually to invade their community. And some of it is wise beyond her years, such as her belief that she is just a small cog in the universe, within which all those small cogs are somehow interrelated.

When a big storm does hit the region, Wink, Hushpuppy and the other residents of The Bathtub who decide to stay have to figure out how to survive. What does happen is affected by a secret Wink is keeping from his daughter, something she, with her eyes somewhat wide open, may be able to see but not fully comprehend.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild
Valse De Balfa
The Lost Bayou Ramblers: Performer
Will Balfa: Writer
Les Veuves de la Coulee
Leroy LeBlanc: Performer
Leroy LeBlanc: Writer
La Danse de Mardi Gras
The Balfa Brothers: Performer
Dewey Balfa: Writer
Jole Blon
(It Will Have To Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Momma's Song
Momma's Song
Fats Waller: Performer

User reviews

Steven Thompson

The use of traditional instruments and soulful vocals in the soundtrack adds an authentic and earthy feel to the film, immersing the viewers in the culture and environment of The Bathtub.

Donna Adams

The haunting melodies and evocative lyrics in the songs reflect the inner struggles and strength of Hushpuppy and Wink, adding depth and emotional impact to their complex relationship.

Sarah Parker

The music creates a sense of urgency and tension during the storm scenes, enhancing the drama and making the audience feel the characters' fear and determination to survive.

Joseph Campbell

The soundtrack's evocative melodies transport the audience into the mystical world of Hushpuppy's imagination, where reality and fantasy intertwine. The music serves as a powerful narrative tool, highlighting Hushpuppy's dual perspectives on life and her place in the universe, creating a profound and immersive listening experience that resonates long after the film ends.

Robert Mitchell

The soundtrack failed to capture the unique and mystical atmosphere of The Bathtub setting, missing an opportunity to deepen the audience's connection to the film's world and its inhabitants.

Kimberly Nelson

The emotional depth of the soundtrack enhances the storytelling by conveying the complex relationship between Hushpuppy and Wink. The music underscores the moments of love, conflict, and growth between the father and daughter, adding a layer of poignancy to their dynamic as they navigate their isolated world in the face of impending danger.

Deborah Martin

The soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild felt disjointed and inconsistent, lacking a cohesive theme or musical direction that could enhance the emotional impact of the story.

Margaret White

The soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild perfectly captures the raw emotion and resilience of the characters living in The Bathtub community.

Brian Lewis

The music seemed overpowering at times, overshadowing the delicate and nuanced performances of the actors, making it difficult to fully immerse myself in the characters' struggles and relationships.

Amanda Phillips

The soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild perfectly captures the raw and untamed spirit of the characters and their unique way of life in The Bathtub. The music blends elements of folk, blues, and classical to create a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that mirrors the resilience and determination of Hushpuppy and Wink.