Bee Season

Bee Season

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Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche

Cast: Scott McGehee, David Siegel, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche

     
 
Adapted from the novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season tells the story of a family whose turmoil is brought to the surface by a young girl's unexpected talent. Eleven-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) is the invisible element of her family unit -- her mother and father (played by Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere) are both consumed with work and busy avoiding their

Overview

Adapted from the novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season tells the story of a family whose turmoil is brought to the surface by a young girl's unexpected talent. Eleven-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) is the invisible element of her family unit -- her mother and father (played by Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere) are both consumed with work and busy avoiding their faltering marriage. Her brother, praised for musical genius, is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a revolution in her family dynamic when she wins a spelling bee. Finding an emotional outlet in the power of words and in the spiritual mysticism that he sees at work in her unparalleled gift, Eliza's father pours all of his energy into helping his daughter become spelling bee champion, further distancing himself from his wife and son. A religious studies professor, he sees the opportunity as not only a distraction from his life but as an answer to his own crisis of faith. His vicarious path to God, real or imagined, leads to an obsession with Eliza's success and he begins teaching her secrets of the Kabbalah. Now preparing for the National Spelling Bee, and with her family spreading further and further into four separate directions, Eliza looks on as a new secret of her family's hidden turmoil seems to be revealed with each new word she spells.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This perceptive drama floated under the radar of most moviegoers when it came out in 2005, and it's a pity. Bee Season -- based on Myla Goldberg’s remarkable debut novel of the same name -- is one of those quietly challenging films that lingers in memory long after the end credits have rolled, and rather than anesthetizing viewers it compels them to think. The movie's leading character, and emotional core, is 11-year-old Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross), whose ostensibly loving but emotionally dissociated family members vent their frustrations into secret channels. Her father, Saul (Richard Gere), a Berkeley professor and theologian, submerges himself in the arcane rituals of Kabbalah; her mother, Miriam (Juliette Binoche), permanently damaged by the traumatic early loss of her own parents, gets her kicks from petty thievery; and her older brother, Aaron (Max Minghella), a talented musician, rebels against his parents by joining the Hare Krishnas. Eliza, meanwhile, possesses the remarkable ability to spell words merely by visualizing them, and she becomes a spelling-bee champion; but her rising national prominence unexpectedly disrupts the family dynamic. Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel use this deceptively simple plot device as a jumping-off point for their incisive character study, and in so doing create multiple opportunities for their talented principals to shine. Veteran stars Gere and Binoche are wonderful, but no more so than young Cross, who invests Eliza with an emotional complexity normally found in one of more advanced years. She's one of the best things about Bee Season.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0024543228721
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel; Audio commentary by producer Albert Berger and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal; Six deleted scenes with optional commentary; Making-of featurette; "The Cutting Room Floor" featurette; "The Essence of Bee Season" featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Saul Naumann
Juliette Binoche Miriam Naumann
Flora Cross Eliza Naumann
Max Minghella Aaron Naumann
Kate Bosworth Chali

Technical Credits
Scott McGehee Director
David Siegel Director
Albert Berger Producer
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Michael E. Goldman Art Director
Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal Screenwriter
Rachel Hudgins Associate Producer
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelly McGehee Production Designer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Peter Nashel Score Composer
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
Peggy Rajski Executive Producer
Mark Romanek Executive Producer
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Topoozian Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Ron Yerxa Producer
Lauren Zuckerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Bee Season: Full Screen
1. Eliza/Main Titles
2. Understanding the Words
3. The District Spelling Bee
4. Tikkun Olam
5. Sacramento
6. A Remarkable Gift
7. Dad's Attention
8. What I See When I Close My Eyes
9. Saul's Priority
10. Searching for What Is Missing
11. While Elly Was Winning the State Bee
12. Miriam's Demons
13. At the Library
14. Late Again
15. Reaching Beyond One's Self
16. Breaking Point
17. Frightening News
18. The Hospital
19. Father Versus Son
20. What Dad Needs
21. Seeking the Light
22. O-r-i-g-a-m-y
23. Lessons Learned
24. End Titles
Disc #1, Side B -- Widescreen
1. Eliza/Main Titles
2. Understanding the Words
3. The District Spelling Bee
4. Tikkun Olam
5. Sacramento
6. A Remarkable Gift
7. Dad's Attention
8. What I See When I Close My Eyes
9. Saul's Priority
10. Searching for What Is Missing
11. While Elly Was Winning the State Bee
12. Miriam's Demons
13. At the Library
14. Late Again
15. Reaching Beyond One's Self
16. Breaking Point
17. Frightening News
18. The Hospital
19. Father Versus Son
20. What Dad Needs
21. Seeking the Light
22. O-r-i-g-a-m-y
23. Lessons Learned
24. End Titles

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Bee Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Afenimomma More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best adaptations from a book that I have ever seen. The characters are fully developed and the visuals really serve to further the plot and flesh out the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago