07 August 2012

Navigating the waters of endtime in recent film

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhan√© Wallis) leads the resistance, in her own kind of way, to the rising waters of endtime from the fast-submerging, multiracial Delta town of Bathtub in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). The end of time loomed in three impressive films from 2011. It was the storm to end all storms in Take Shelter with Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.  In both Melancholia directed by Lars von Trier and Another Earth, featuring Brit Marling and directed by Mike Cahill, the end took the form of a duplicate planet hurtling toward the ol’ sod.

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