Bee Season 2005

Bee Season

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Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction.

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In the Naumann household, 11-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) feels she has little to offer in a family of overachievers. All that changes when she wins the spelling bee, much to the surprise of everyone. Now her father (Richard Gere), a professor of Judaism, devotes attention to her as fanatically as he does to his religious studies. With this dynamic shift, family issues, including those of Eliza's mother (Juliette Binoche) and brother (Max Minghella), come to light.

Cast & Crew

Richard Gere
Saul Naumann
Juliette Binoche
Miriam Naumann
Flora Cross
Eliza Naumann
Max Minghella
Aaron Naumann
Joan Mankin
Ms. Bergermeyer
Ron Yerxa
Producer
Scott McGehee
Writer (Screenplay)
David Siegel
Writer (Screenplay)
Naomi Foner
Writer (Screenplay)
Mindy Marin
Casting Director
Peter Nashel
Original Music
Giles Nuttgens
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Bee Season

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  • May 09, 2013
    Imagine growing up in a family of academics, musicians, and Jewish mystics. When 12-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) wins both the district and regional spelling bees, her father, Saul (Richard GereJewish mysticism, begins to tutor her daily. Not only is he preparing her for the state spelling bee competition, but Saul is also training his daughter to be the mystic he wasn't able to become. Bee Season is not only a movie about meditation, but it is also itself a meditation. This family is consumed with finding God, but they all look outside of the family to find it, and in the process, the family falls apart. Eliza's older brother Aaron (Max Minghella) is so jealous that his sister is getting all of the family's attention that he goes off and joins a Buddhist cult, and everyone in the family is so focused on their own problems that no one notices the mother (Juliette Binoche) going slowly insane! Bee Season is transcendent and thought-provoking, and it even makes me want to go out and look for God. 3 Stars 5-2-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    Family isn't just about talking. It's about understanding.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2008
    I liked it but the book was better.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2008
    a very interesting drama that has many to do with religion and finding God, it has a slow pace that can bore u easily, it sure bored me. But the story itself is intriguing. There are many secrets hidden deep in the hearts of each member of this family, a father that takes charge, a brilliant daughter that seeks enlightment with the help of her father, a mother who apparently is a thief and a son who wants to switch to a different religion. Many conflictual stories collide here, and that makes this movie worth it.
    Ovi G Super Reviewer

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