Bee Season

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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


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202221921
UPC 024543228721
UPC 14 00024543228721
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2007
Rating Rating
Jewish Heritage
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Scott McGehee
Richard Gere
Juliette Binoche
Cast & Crew
Richard Gere - Star
Juliette Binoche - Star
Kate Bosworth - Star
Myla Goldberg - Source Writer
Scott McGehee - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 2232872
UPC 00024543228721
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Gere,Richard
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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