Tell It to the Bees (2019)



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Dr. Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) into Jean's world. In the sanctuary of the doctor's house the two women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950's small-town Britain, their new secret can't stay hidden forever.


Critic Reviews for Tell It to the Bees

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

It's hard to dislike this pleasant, earnest work.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie whose points are made in a way that might give viewers a concussion.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Fails to create sufficient amounts of adrenaline to carry the relationship at the heart of the story, and consequently, the central romance feels flat.

Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a bit hard to take it seriously when the climax literally involves semi-sentient bees acting as an angry deus ex machina, stopping the villain from doing harm because they apparently know exactly where to fly.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

a sweet indie film with a tender heart

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Race, sexuality and masculinity are all touched on in a successful attempt to reflect the bigger picture of an era in which the slightest transgression could be met by the harshest of punishments.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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