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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees 1

by Gina Prince-BythewoodNate ParkerJennifer HudsonTristan Wilds Hilarie Burton and others

DVD video Content Rating: M Publication Date: 16/09/2009

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Lily Owens is a 14 year-old girl, haunted by the memory of her late mother. Keen to remove herself from her troubled father, she embarks on a journey to South Carolina, to a town which holds the secret of who her mother really was. Her journey also leads her to an unexpected passion; beekeeping.
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  • a pleasure to watch

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    This is the film adaptation of the first novel by Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees. Set in 1964, this is the story of Lily Melissa Owens, who lives on a peach farm in South Carolina. At four years of age, Lily accidentally killed her mother. Her father is a harsh and cruel man, and Lily craves her mothers love. She does have the friendship of Rosaleen, a Negro servant, but when events put Rosaleen in jail and in danger of her life, Lily decides they need to escape. Lily follows the scant trail left by her mother and they end up living with the eccentric Boatwright sisters, farming honey and learning to understand the world and themselves. Queen Latifah does an excellent portrayal of August Boatwright; Lily is superbly played by Dakota Fanning, and a special mention to Paul Bettany as the troubled T. Ray and Sophie Okonedo as May Boatwright. The screenplay is mostly faithful to the book: a pleasure to watch.