More Than Honey (2013)

More Than Honey



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MORE THAN HONEY, a new documentary by the Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof, is looking into the fascinating world of bees, showing small family beekeepers (including the beekeeper of ERSTE Foundation beehive, Heidrun Singer) and industrialized honey farms. MORE THAN HONEY is a film on the relationship between mankind and honeybees, about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth, that crises and disasters are triggering evolution and that … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Written By: Markus Imhoof
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On DVD: Dec 24, 2013
Box Office: $71.5k
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (15)

Eye-popping photography should draw viewers to this thoughtful, revealing doc.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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Summer's blitz of apocalypse movies has nothing on this bee doc.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Time Out
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Oblique narrative aside, you can't beat the film's eye-popping visuals.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2013
Washington Post
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[Markus] Imhoof makes bees more important than they have previously seemed.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for More Than Honey


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!


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!


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 .

Panta Oz

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