More Than Honey (2013)
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Eye-popping photography should draw viewers to this thoughtful, revealing doc.
Summer's blitz of apocalypse movies has nothing on this bee doc.
Oblique narrative aside, you can't beat the film's eye-popping visuals.
What's really frightening about Honey isn't what a hive of angry bees might do to us, but what we've done to them.
[Markus] Imhoof makes bees more important than they have previously seemed.
Imhoof's film is remarkable in its close-up photography. The bees loom large, like creatures from some mutant planet; dangle together in a delicate chain; and fill the air, floating like unusually vivid dust specks.
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This Swiss documentary directed by Markus Imhoof about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia was the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. After watching it I was so impressed by the visuals that it could be on the top if only visuals were to be counted for rating. It was very interesting documentary, and sometimes neutral view at honeybees and the way they are kept and cultivated across the world. I had a chance to see how in Austria, an elderly man keeps them the way his forebears did; in Germany they are rigorously studied by scientists; in the US their commercial possibilities are savoured destroying the essence of keeping them in the first place and in China they are worked harder than ever - if you can find any! [img]http://img.rlsbb.com/images/2013/07/28/more_than_honey_2012_1.jpg[/img] Everything in this documentary was perfect, especially photography and camera work, but one thing was missing - emotionally filled concern! We could even hear answers on the perennially fascinating question of whether bees are effectively buzzing cells in super-organisms... great thoughts about where are societies are heading... but never heard even a suggestion for a solution of the problem: why are the bees disappearing and what to do about it. Question was repeated few times, but answer was never given! [img]http://www.atthecinema.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/More-Than-Honey.jpg[/img] Nevertheless, even without that answer this is one of the best documentaries about bees I had a chance to see in my life. Fascinating, well directed, perfectly edited, brings us the mystery and the beauty of the bees .
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