Benh Zeitlin, 2012
Yes, it was a hit at Cannes and Sundance. And yes, it stars real, non-Hollywood people – notably Quvenzhané Wallis, now a nine-year-old contender for the best actress Oscar. But you have to have a high tolerance for the notion that poverty = soul = wisdom (especially when delivered in a Deep South child’s voice). Otherwise you may find this magical realist tale of a young girl’s holism-tinged hardscrabble life on the wrong side of the Louisiana levees irredeemably sentimental and hokey.