• Bee Season (2005)

Bee Season

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

PG-13 |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

In the Naumann household, 11-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) feels she has little to offer in a family of overachievers. All that changes when she wins the spelling bee, much to the surprise of everyone. Now her father (Richard Gere), a professor of Judaism, devotes attention to her as fanatically as he does to his religious studies. With this dynamic shift, family issues, including those of Eliza's mother (Juliette Binoche) and brother (Max Minghella), come to light.

Cast: Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella, Kate Bosworth, Joan Mankin, Piers Mackenzie, Lorri Holt

Director: Scott McGehee , David Siegel

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Family , Judge , Marriage , Brother , Quest , 2000s , School , Rise , Growing up , Moving , Emotional , Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Bee Season is lit by human sunbeam Flora Cross as Eliza. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, its success may depend on how emotionally satisfying audiences find this flirtation with Jewish mysticism. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    For a film filled with jagged shards of glass, and sometimes shot kaleidoscopically, through the windows of houses or cars, Bee Season is carefully, almost relentlessly, intended. That said, the script, by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, touches on themes that rarely make it to the big screen.

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