MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,017 this week

Bee Season (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 November 2005 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 5,847 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 74 user | 75 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion.

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) (as Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 09 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Bee Season" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bee Season (2005)

Bee Season (2005) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bee Season.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Disengagement (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A political drama centered around Israel's pullout from the occupied Gaza strip, in which a French woman of Israeli origin comes to the Gaza Strip to find her long ago abandoned daughter.

Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

September the 1st, 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando, ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Amigorena
Stars: Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Sara Forestier
The Flock (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.

Director: Wai-Keung Lau
Stars: Richard Gere, Claire Danes, KaDee Strickland
The Hoax (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, David Aaron Baker
Red Corner (1997)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They ... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Alexis Loret, Mathieu Amalric
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.

Director: Gary Sinise
Stars: Richard Gere, Penelope Ann Miller, Brian Dennehy
Jet Lag (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A worn-out businessman and a beautician on the run collide in a Paris airport. Love arrives, all its hurdles be damned.

Director: Danièle Thompson
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno, Sergi López
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Dr. Sullivan Travis "Dr. T." is a wealthy Dallas gynecologist for some of the wealthiest women in Texas who finds his idealist life beginning to fall apart starting when his wife, Kate, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content ... See full summary »

Director: Diane Kurys
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Stefano Dionisi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Romantic drama about an aging playboy who falls for a sweet, but terminally ill, young woman.

Director: Joan Chen
Stars: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Chali
...
Sam Zuckerman ...
National Spelling Bee Judge
Joan Mankin ...
Ms. Bergermeyer
Piers Mackenzie ...
Dr. Morris
Lorri Holt ...
Ms. Rai
Brian Leonard ...
Mr. Julien
Jamal Thornes ...
Wiseacre Boy's Mate
...
Regional Bee Pronouncer
...
Regional Bee Judge
...
Edit

Storyline

Living in Oakland, California, the Naumanns are outwardly a loving, supportive family. Husband and father Saul Naumann is a Religious Studies professor, and looks to his religious training in Judaism as tenets for his family to live. He has high expectations for all members of his family. His mid-teen son, Aaron Naumann, idolizes his father, and does whatever he can to please him. His pre-teen daughter, Eliza Naumann, often feels the neglected child. So when Saul eventually learns that Eliza is participating and excelling in spelling bees, she becomes the focus of his life as he believes that letters in the form of words will lead to answers to the universe. That change in focus to Eliza makes Aaron now feel the neglected one, he who strikes out quietly in his own way with the help of Chali, a young woman he meets. But the person who has felt the most pressure within Saul's way of life is his wife, Miriam Naumann, a microbiologist. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism when she ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Family isn't just about talking. It's about understanding. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La huella del silencio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$120,544 (USA) (11 November 2005)

Gross:

$1,177,082 (USA) (27 January 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Murphy auditioned for the part of Aaron Naumann. See more »

Goofs

The wind changes directions almost 180° when Chali first meets Aaron at the park. Shots from over her shoulder have her hair blowing back, away from her neck while the shots facing her have the wind blowing her hair forward across her neck/chin. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
National Spelling Bee Pronouncer: Number 14. Eliza Naumann, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California. "Oppidan".
Eliza: "Oppidan".
[sighs]
Eliza: [narrating] My father told me once that words and letters hold all the secrets of the universe. That in there shapes and sounds, I could find everything and see beyond myself, to something special. Perfect. My father told me once that I could reach the ear of God.
See more »


Soundtracks

Awake Up
Written by Pete Min
Performed by Pete Min and Carl Capretto
Courtesy of Duatone Audio Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Film to be Viewed with a Thirsty Mind
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BEE SEASON is a strange little film that seems to polarize the public. Though many have dismissed it as fragmentary and superficial, taking the time to bear down on the issues merely touched upon yields an emotional as well as spiritual experience not often found in films. With a cast that includes Juliette Binouche and Richard Gere there should be a hint there may be more to the film than a quick glance might reveal.

Based on the highly successful novel by Myla Goldberg the story enters the household of a family of four: Saul (Richard Gere) is the father who is a professor of spiritual studies; Miriam (Juliette Binouche) is the mother suffering with demons from her past loss of her parents as a child leading her to grow without an intact family; Eliza (Flora Cross) is the daughter who seems content to watch TV instead of paying attention to her schooling; and Aaron (Max Minghella) is the son who excels at playing the cello and who is the focus of his father's life. When it is discovered that Eliza has a penchant for spelling and wins a spelling bee the focus of this family abruptly changes. Suddenly Saul moves his attention to Eliza, convinced that she has the power of the influx of God-knowledge (shefa) described by the Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia. This leads to his prepping her for her constant victories at spelling bees, but it also leaves Aaron without focus and he responds by seeking first Christianity then Hare Krishna for the meaning of his life. At the same time Miriam becomes more isolated and secretive and enters a state of depression that reflects her childhood loss and the need to accumulate 'things' in a number of ways that border on mental breakdown.

The film is best viewed, by the way, by first watching the featurette about the reasons for the making of the film - a wise commentary that gives us enough philosophical background to appreciate the message of the story that seemingly has eluded directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Watching the explanation of how religions all act to provide frameworks that should help individuals to piece together the fragments of existence that have been given to us as our lives serves to bring into focus how each of the four characters in this story is each on that journey for meaning. Once viewed, this featurette makes the movie far more meaningful and enjoyable.

The screenplay by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (yes, the mother of Maggie and Jake) is minimalist in technique of writing, giving just enough information about the big questions to make us work to paste the story together. The cinematography by Giles Nuttgens and special effects by Sean House are used extraordinarily well to underline the mysticism that permeates the film's story. Peter Nashel's musical score accompanies the otherworldly atmosphere that helps to bring the audience into the mood of the film.

This may not be a great film, but it is a unique one that calls upon the audience to think and free-associate with the characters, each of whom is well enacted by a strong cast. Well worth viewing. Grady Harp


46 of 61 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Longest 105 minutes of my Life! spoken30
Brother/Sister Relationship dancinjinn
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the movie tracvoo
Juliette's Accent? pyewacket
The seizure mramlow
Richard Gere as a Jew joanbrazas
Discuss Bee Season (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?