The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees
               Genre: drama, literature
  Tiburon, South Carolina in the troubled 1960s: One day is the 14-year-old Lily (Dakota Fanning) with their colorful nanny Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) just outside the door of the Boatwright sisters-August (Queen Latifah), June (Alicia Keys ) and May (Sophie Onkonedo). The two escapees are on the run from Lily’s brutal father T. Ray Owen (Paul Bettany) and beat his way through the simmering racial unrest of the colored beekeepers that the “Black Madonna Honey produce” and distribute. And just this honey, and the label it was that Lily and Rosaleen led to the siblings who do not hesitate to take the castaways. In a climate of violence and insecurity is the house of the Boatwright like an island of bliss and harmony, slowly in the Lily’s battered soul comes to rest again, and they can be worked up the traumas of the past. Under the cover of August Lily learns a lot about the secret life of bees, and hence on the peaceful coexistence of people. And finally, it comes even to a secret of her deceased mother on the trail, which – it seems – turned their steps toward Tiburon. But the race riots that make rage in the South, even before the House of beekeepers not stop. And suddenly one day, Lily’s father stands in front of the house …

Based on the bestselling novel The Secret Life of Bees / The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, the film – which, incidentally, is the well take note of the template – a film that is a sometimes naive, but always draws warm portrait of his characters and the times. In addition, it is mainly Dakota Fanning Queen Latifah and Sophie Onkonedo who consoled through the sometimes richly plotted frosting of the production. But even they can not completely prevent the film, it often exaggerates his humanistic message and allows a lot of fractures and disagreements that diminish the charm of the movie but it significantly. Too idealistic, the drawing of the house of the Boatwright as a tower of strength to be pleasantly and superficially, the way will be done with almost all the problems of the world within a short time in the world. There are also numerous small details that, upon closer reflection undermine the credibility of the story. For example, that a black family in the southern states has virtually undisturbed for several generations, a large estate may be in these days may be possible in 1960 corresponded to the realities of this but certainly not African-American life.

A Feel – Good stories with politically correct message, in which almost everything is possible, like The Secret Life of Bees therefore quite find an enthusiastic audience at the historical facts should not compare this film, however.

(Paul Collmar)

Title: The Secret Life of Bees Original Title: The Secret Life of Bees Country of production: USA Year of production: 2008 Length: ( #) 110 (min) of material: Twentieth Century Fox

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