Lily later, after having an argument with her father, helps Rosaleen escape from the hospital. The Alicia Keys character, June, is really too complex for a supporting role. Out of money, she leaves the fast lane of New York to move in with her sister in Youngstown, Ohio. I think cinematically, it was one of the prettiest movies I've seen in awhile. Haunted by memories of her late mother and abused by her father, 14-year-old Lily Owens runs away with her friend and caregiver Rosaleen to the South Carolina town that holds the key to her mother's past. The villains, on the other hand, are unrelentingly bad.
Racial intimidation results in severe physical beatings of two African-American characters. But it's not a fully successful dramatization because the movie's heroes are almost all saintly and perfect, speaking in timeless homilies and maxims. Which do you like better? It has to do with Appalachia being settled by working-class Brits. Rosaleen was beaten up by 3 racists and ended up in police custody as well as in the hospital. Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.
At the young tender age of 14, Lily wants to still see her mother the way she did as a child. This small town is where her late mother spent many years growing up. The film received seven nominations, which include Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning , Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture , and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo. Here she plays a plucky, forthright and sometimes sad and needy young teen with the breadth this role requires and a depth that transforms it. They land on August's doorstep. Genre: Stars: , , Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Country: Rating: 7. The film was released in North America on October 17, 2008, and in the on December 5, 2008.
But in spite of all of the above, the filmmakers don't exploit or maximize the action. They show only as much as necessary to provide the desired impact. If it had been a bad movie, it would have been ripe for vivisection. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. She has some delicate emotional transitions to traverse here and convinces us of them. Most of all, the sisters help Lily understand life. Her best friend and defender, the black housekeeper Rosaleen , endures the wrath of the father, because she will not abandon Lily.
It isn't superior, nor does it dumb it down. There is such a thing as feeling superior to your emotions, but I trust mine. Why did she take Rosaleen with her? The movie won the Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. June, strong and proud, agrees to wed her long-time boyfriend. Lily is starting to see her late mother in a different light as she is gets older and matures.
Lily also discovers that the truth about her mother is closer than she thinks. The main movie genre categories for The Secret Life of Bees are: Adventure. Then observe Sophie Okonedo, the London-born, Cambridge-educated actress who has no trouble at all playing a simpleminded, deeply disturbed country girl. Meanwhile the bulldozers get closer to the area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together, and begin falling in love. If I sense the beginnings of a teardrop in my eye during a movie, that is evidence more tangible than all the mighty weight of Film Theory. We believe it, because Queen Latifah as August beams watchfully on all before her, and nobody can beam like Latifah.
But it is not a bad movie. That was the year the Civil Rights Act was passed, and a year before the Voting Rights Act became law. The images should not contain any sexually explicit content, race hatred material or other offensive symbols or images. Should it have been painful, or a parable? I watched the movie, abandoned history and plausibility, and just plain fell for it. This results, of course, in her arrest. This is why she is struggling with those thoughts and memories of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father T-Ray, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.
Living with her are her two sisters: June , a classical cellist and civil rights activist, and May , who you don't want to startle with anything sad. In two days they reach Tiburon and find their way to the home of August Boatwright and her sisters May and June. Written by I'm not sure why this film got such a bad rating. Her May is the heart of the film, because her own heart is so open. Lily becomes an apprentice beekeeper. Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother.
I have great affection for this film because it honors a novel that many people loved for good reasons. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Guided by some of Lily's mother's mementos, Lily and Rosaleen find their way to the home of the Boatwrights, a family of African-American women who run a thriving honey farm. It is a must see, heart felt movie. One critic has described it as sappy, syrupy, sentimental and sermonizing, and those are only the S's.