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An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

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An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

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A truly delightful documentary
17 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may sound excessively hyperbolic, but I'm actually pretty shameless when I say that "More Than Honey" is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Every good documentary's events are framed in some narrative form and "Honey" does not disappoint; the film deftly contrasts the bee farming practices of both American and European farmers. Director Markus Imhoof really managed to get some fantastic, heartfelt interviews from all sides of this issue. While the film certainly identifies potential causes as to why the bees are disappearing, it wisely refrains from ever vilifying them.

"More Than Honey" also works surprisingly well as a nature documentary, which I attribute entirely to its fantastic cinematography. The macro-photography ventures all the way inside bee hives to show them in their nature habitat, and really breathes excitement into some of the films slower parts. The narration is helpful and informative, allowing even a casual viewer to learn a thing or two about bees along the way. As Eric Kohn from Indiewire puts it: ""Makes a convincing argument for the role of bees sustaining both organic and industrial concerns…(an) effective melding of science and aesthetic delights." 10/10 stars.


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