In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
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Toward the end of the movie, Hushpuppy arranges with a small-boat captain to transport her to a floating bar that also appears to be a brothel. A sign identifies the name of the brothel as "Elysian Fields." In Greek Mythology, "Elysium" or "Elysian Fields" was the name for the afterlife of the gods and blessed mortals. Greek mythology also contained a boatman (named Charon) who ferried souls from the world of the living to the world of the dead for a small fee. Aside from the references to ancient myth, the name "Elysian Fields" also is a reference to the movie's southern Louisiana setting. Elysian Fields is the name of a major avenue and thoroughfare in New Orleans, and is a part of one of Blanche DuBois's first lines in Tennessee Williams's New Orleans-set play, "A Streetcar Named Desire": "They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at--Elysian Fields!" Read More