Honeyland

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Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She's the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city -- a mere four hours' walk away. Hatidze's peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.It doesn't take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze's advice aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze's isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

  • Far from a scolding, rub-your-nose-in-it depiction of environmental havoc, this is a tender story about the chaos of abandoning the common good.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • In Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's painstaking observational documentary, everything from the honey upwards is organic.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • An unforgettable vérité character study and an intimate look at an endangered tradition.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Honeyland" isn't an in-your-face, "Fracking-is-horrible!" type eco-doc, but carries the same message. Pumping chemicals into shale unbalances the environment, but so does the greed that causes bee genocide. We know what happens when all the bees die.

    Jul 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The directors' regard Hatidze with reverence and respect, allowing her the space to feel the tragedy and confusion of her plight and to sit with her melancholy as her life is changed by forces she cannot control.

    Jun 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Honeyland is a film of beautiful intimacy and tragedy, a rare glimpse at a dying way of life, and an observation of culture at a crossroads filled with heartache and humour.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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