BEE SEA­SON (2005) GEM, 10.50PM, M, DRAMA

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Saul Nau­mann (Richard Gere) is a man ob­sessed with the power of words, in par­tic­u­lar the He­brew lan­guage and its in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness with the Jewish faith, and the abil­ity to use words and let­ters to com­mu­ni­cate with God. His dis­tracted wife (Juli­ette Binoche) is lit­er­ally putting the pieces of her life back to­gether. Their son (Max Minghella) is search­ing for re­li­gious guid­ance, while 11-year-old daugh­ter El­iza (Flora Cross) is with­drawn, thought­ful and wait­ing to bloom. When El­iza dis­plays an un­canny abil­ity for trump­ing spell­ing bees, the fo­cus of the fam­ily changes. At first it seems her tal­ent will draw the fam­ily to­gether, but as each mem­ber, par­tic­u­larly Saul, im­merses them­selves in her quest, the flaws en­snare them. It’s rich, emo­tional and sur­pris­ing. .

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