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Bee Season (2005)

Director: Scott McGehee     Starring: Richard Gere Juliette Binoche
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202221921
UPC: 024543228721
UPC 14: 00024543228721
Category Keywords: Jewish Heritage  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A gripping tale about a father obsessedwith training his talented daughter for the national spelling bee. Eliza naumann demonstrates such an amazing gift - spelling any word given to her that her father saul insists on coaching her himself. But eliza's success continues, causing changes for the entire family
Editor's Note
Based on the bestselling novel by Myla Goldberg, BEE SEASON follows a family of seekers, each of whom is looking to God, transcendence, or love, in their search for something greater than themselves. Eleven-year-old Eliza Nauman (Flora Cross in a promising debut) is on her way to becoming the national spelling bee champion, much to the delight of her heretofore somewhat dismissive father, Saul (Richard Gere). A professor of religion who wrote his thesis on Jewish mysticism, Saul has previously shown more interest in Eliza's older brother, Aaron (Max Minghella), a serious-minded young scholar and cello player. In what soon becomes clear is his customary manner, Saul takes control of Eliza's spelling career, and focuses on her to the exclusion of the rest of his family. Meanwhile, his wife, Miriam (Juliette Binoche), is quietly facing a spiritual crisis, and unbeknownst to her family is engaging in petty thievery in her quest for beauty and salvation. Saul is unwilling to admit that anything is wrong-and thus out of his control-while the unmoored Aaron turns to the beatific Chali (Kate Bosworth), a hare Krishna, for spiritual sustenance and comfort. As Saul attempts to tap Eliza's uncanny knack with words and create a pipeline to God according to the tenets of an ancient Kabbalah scholar, Eliza blames herself for everyone's troubles. As the final competition draws nigh and the family disintegrates, however, it might just be that Eliza is the only one who can save them.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/18/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2232872
Video UPC UPC: 00024543228721
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Richard Gere
Video Cast Info Juliette Binoche
Video Cast Info Kate Bosworth
Video Cast Info Myla Goldberg - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Scott McGehee - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"BEE SEASON shows a fondness for photographing things that shimmer -- letters in the air, crystals. The movie works earnestly to transform unfamiliar concepts of philosophy..." -- Grade: B- 11/18/2005 p.107

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel are elegant filmmakers who construct an intricate narrative without sacrificing emotional intensity." 11/01/2005 p.101

New York Times
"BEE SEASON is worthy of both attention and affection....It's a genuinely felt, finely made movie..." 11/11/2005 p.E1-E30

Sight and Sound
"[The directors] handle this delicate, intense and intricate story of family disintegration and spiritual meltdown with enviable dexterity and emotional acuity." 12/01/2005 p.46

USA Today
"[A] complex story of family turmoil and the search for spiritual meaning....Based on the captivating novel by Myla Goldberg, BEE SEASON is evocative and superbly acted." 11/11/2005 p.8E

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gere,Richard
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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