Bitter Honey

2014

Bitter Honey (2014)

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Bitter Honey is a feature-length documentary presenting an intimate and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia. Following these families over a seven year period, the film portrays the plight of Balinese co-wives, for whom marriage is frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship. (C) Elemental Productions

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It would be nice to know if the troubling images we see are a sweeping problem or just a small glimpse of a minority.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An agonizing documentary examination of polygamy in Bali, Indonesia, from the U.C.L.A. anthropologist Robert Lemelson.

Oct 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Lemelson's interviews can be repetitive in their direct staging, but there's inspiration in his conceit of using a shadow-puppet performance set to gamelan music as interludes.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Lemelson makes these revelations more powerful by withholding judgment. Like a good scientist, he seeks understanding, and structures the film in chapters that explore such basic topics as "Power," "Violence," and "Divorce."

Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Intelligently assembled by Lemelson, a UCLA anthropologist, it addresses a Westerner's concerns without condescending to its subjects.

Oct 23, 2014 | Full Review…

A moderately interesting docu study of polygamous families in Bali that's too narrowly focused to support its larger conclusions.

Oct 5, 2014 | Full Review…
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