Spiros retires as a schoolteacher, his daughter is married, and he starts his annual journey with his bees to get honey from different areas. In his truck he finds a young girl who has just been abandoned and has no roots. Spiros lets her follow for a day. Seeing her difficulty in getting further hitch-hiking, he takes her back. They will meet and part several times. Later she will say that Spiros is the only one who has ever been kind to her. But his emotions are so restrained that he cannot show anything until a volcanic eruption breaks through. He does not seek serious contact until the eruption makes him drive the car right through the glass wall of the café in which the girl is sitting. She immediately follows him. But after this criminal event they can no longer live at hotels. From the beginning she was willing to sleep with him. But when he finally kisses her, her justified reaction is to repeat "Not in this way!" A friend had a shut down cinema where they could sleep. ... Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
The Beekeeper was my first insight into the work of Theo Angelopoulos. Characteristic to his movies, we do not follow plot with strong connections within it. He introduces us to an old beekeeper whose fate is similar to those of protagonist in ancient Greek tragedies. Although he has hardly spoken, for me, Mastroianni is ideal for the role of individual who cannot avoid his tragic end and his alienation is deeply moving. Long takes and slow pace made me feel the hidden beauty in movie, especially the beauty of landscape. Many would find this boring but it's on the trail of Tarkovsky's masterpieces. Angelopoulos is surely the greatest Greek filmmaker and you can make sure that that's true by watching this movie. Highly recommended !!!
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