Bee Season

Did anyone see this movie?  I think it’s about two years old and in my opinion, very poorly named.  I was expecting something along the lines of Akeelah and the Bee (which is a good family film — you should definitely watch it with your tween).  Instead, I got a provocative, often sad movie, which is partly about a spelling bee, but is probably not appropriate for children.  It is really about family relationships, and people searching for God in their lives.  The bee is merely a backdrop and a catalyst.  Bee Season felt very literary (it is based on a novel) and left me with more questions than answers — no tidy, happy ending.  I needed someone to discuss it with, but because I watched it alone, no dice.  Online reviews were very divided — people either loved it or hated it — I think because some people were expecting a different sort of movie.  So has anyone seen this?  Won’t you see it and then leave a comment so I can discuss this with someone?

p.s.  I’m not in love with Richard Gere, and his character in this movie sucks all of the air out of a room, but Juliette Binoche is lovely, lovely, lovely.  Remember her in Chocolat?  This made me want to see all of her films.


2 thoughts on “Bee Season

  1. Marla

    Richard Gere, ew. But I am reading that book right now and it’s a great book. I haven’t seen the movie yet. Maybe you should come to Boise and watch it with me.

  2. Kate

    I did see Akeelah and the Bee and I thought that was cute. But I don’t think I’ve seen this one. If it were at the redbox I’d get it, but I don’t think it is. (I don’t like paying more then a dollar to rent a movie)

    and about your blog. Just do what you want. It’s your blog. Write, don’t write, take a hiatus. We would miss you but it’s definitely not worth having stress over!


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