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The Beekeeper (1986)

O melissokomos (original title)
A bee keeper, Spiros, travels from the north to the south of Greece with his bees to meet the spring.
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Credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Spyros
Nadia Mourouzi ... The Girl
Serge Reggiani ... Sick Man
Jenny Roussea Jenny Roussea ... Spyros' Wife
Dinos Iliopoulos ... Spyros' Friend
Vasia Panagopoulou Vasia Panagopoulou
Iakovos Panotas Iakovos Panotas ... Solder / The Girl / Side Boyfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stamatis Gardelis
Mihalis Giannatos
Karyofyllia Karabeti Karyofyllia Karabeti
Konstandinos Konstandopoulos Konstandinos Konstandopoulos ... (as Kostas Konstadopoulos)
Nikos Kouros Nikos Kouros
Christoforos Nezer
Stratos Pahis Stratos Pahis
Dimitris Poulikakos
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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

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Country:

Greece | France

Language:

Greek | French

Release Date:

29 April 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El apicultor See more »

Filming Locations:

Ioannina, Greece

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Marcello Mastroianni delivered his lines in Italian while filming. He then dubbed his own voice into Greek in post-production. See more »

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Empathy is a Two Way Street
25 February 2013 | by norman-42-843758See all my reviews

This film didn't really work for me. After reading the, mostly, wonderful accolades above I was expecting better things from this movie but finished up being disappointed. It wasn't the inactivity either. I like Bella Tarr films so I am used to long takes with not very much happening. Another reviewer of a Tarr film recently noted that you could write a masters thesis on what is not going on, in between the bits of dialog. Okay, this is kind of cutesy but I know what he meant. There is a tension or at least a relationship between the characters and sometimes a "drama of the moment" in the "what will happen next", sense. With the Spyros character there was the feeling that during his moments of stoic inactivity (of which there was a lot), there was nothing going on inside. It was just a complete blank-out, no drama; no tension from silent inner feelings directed towards another, just nothing. The same scene could have been shot to equal effect without him being there. I was waiting for someone to come up to him and shout "Hello in there", in Greek of course or to give him a much needed kick in the seat of his pants. Whilst I am on the subject of pants, I would have reckoned that someone with a grown up son and two grown up daughters would have at least known that you have to open them in order to have sex. Any spotty teenager on his maiden voyage would not have acted in such an inept way. All the incidents except one in this film happened to Spyro not because of him. That one was when he drove his wagon through the front of a restaurant in order to get the girl and that came over as more of a student prank than an act of desperation.

But, hey, I hear you say, this is a film that deals with the problems of loneliness and isolation and I should be more sympathetic to his situation. I understand this point of view however it is difficult to empathize with someone who has turned his back on a wife that obviously still had feelings for him; a family he could draw round him but who are now indifferent to him and friends throughout the country who he leaves at the first opportunity. Even the girl, who was selfish, never really did anything bad towards him. Spyro had no warmth within him and never did anything to gain respect. In the end even his beloved bees turned against him.

In my opinion the high ranking Artificial Eye distributor has scored an own goal with this one but the enthusiasm of others will probably vindicate them.


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