In her fellow contestants in the spelling bees, she sees the same thing: Young people who are devoting their lives to mastering useless information for the glory of themselves and their parents. "Bee Season" involves one of those crazy families that cluster around universities: An intellectual husband who is clueless about human emotions, a wife who married him because she was afraid to be loved and he didn't know how to, a son who rebels by being more like his father than his father is, and a daughter who retreats into secret survival strategies.

The consensus reads, "Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction. Their teenage son Aaron (Max Minghella) watches his father intimidate students with icy theological superiority, and does the one thing best calculated to enrage him; he joins the Hare Krishnas. Miriam lives a secret life throughout her entire marriage to Saul, trying to fulfill the religious idea she learned from him, tikkun olam, or "repairing the world" and "reuniting its shards."

No. 11-year-old Eliza Naumann comes from an odd family; they all divert their emotional frustrations into secret channels. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism when she and Saul married. The novel is set in the suburbs of Philadelphia rather than the San Francisco Bay Area. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide. The father teaches Judaism and follows its forms, but his spiritual life is academic, not mystical.

God and the name of God are in this way the same thing. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. Chali, the person who introduces Aaron to the Hindu religion, is a man in the novel. This comes at the expense of Aaron, who receives less time with Saul, even as he falls deeper into religious questioning. Also seen is the downtown section on Park Street in Alameda, California. Her body convulsing epileptically on the floor, Eliza apparently makes that mystical connection, providing her the healing power of God. It was not until months later, when it came time at her school spelling bee to make her second attempt at the National Spelling Bee, that Eliza decided to get a word wrong on purpose. The performance by Flora Cross is haunting in its seriousness. But Eliza is essentially invisible to Saul, because she has no particular accomplishments. For Eliza, her experience begins with a desire to be as close to her father as Aaron is; the two would often have discussions about Judaism and play music together. The relationships amongst all members of the family, which were shallow and disconnected to begin with, fall apart. Bee season starts in the depths of winter and lasts until the cool air of fall arrives. She doesn't act out; she acts in. Taglines 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. Bee season follows this cycle because of one major cause.

It needs merely to be evoked, and it materializes in a kind of vision: "I see the words." There are many movies about families sharing problems; in this one the members are isolated by them. Neither prepares us for "Bee Season," which represents Eliza's decision to insist on herself as a being apart from the requirements of theology and authority, a person who insists on exercising her free will. Saul's graduate thesis on Kabbalah writer Abraham Abulafia (who believed that careful analysis of words could lead to contact with God) brings Saul and Eliza closer together when Saul learns Eliza has won the district spelling bee. Bee Season is a 2005 American drama film adaptation of the 2000 novel of the same name by Myla Goldberg. Upon learning of her success, Saul takes control of Eliza's life, coaching her in the Kabbalistic teachings he knows so well. Eliza is at the center of the film, and Flora Cross carries its weight in a performance of quiet compelling wisdom; the foreground character in the early scenes is Saul, the father. He is proud that Miriam is a scientist, in the sense that "my wife is a scientist," but does he know what enormous secrets she keeps from him? The regional bee was filmed at the Albany High School gym.

Below I have an interpretation of this movie, but you're better off seeing the movie before you read this because if you read my understanding of the movie, it … Be the first to contribute! Saul's obsession with his daughter's gift and the opportunities it presents to him consume him to the point that he is callously ignorant of the collapse of his family around him — his son's interest in Hinduism, which soon comes between him and his father, and his wife's psychological problems suddenly thrust upon him — it seems that the entire family is now "broken," like a microcosm of the world; but can it be fixed, can the broken shards be restored?

Saul Naumann (Richard Gere) is a professor at Berkeley, specializing in Jewish theology and the Kabbalah.

| His wife Miriam (Juliette Binoche), emotionally wounded by the early loss of her own parents, slips into the homes of strangers to steal small glittering things. What no one in the family perceives is that Eliza is a genuine mystic, for whom the Kabbalah is not a theory but a reality.

and A Most Beautiful Thing Among Nominees at Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Their daughter Eliza (Flora Cross), who is about 12, seems to be trying to pass as unobserved and ordinary, but her inner life has a fierce complexity. This is a stick in the eye of her father. [citation needed]. And their powerful "Deep End" (2001) starred Tilda Swinton as a mother scarcely less secretive than the Juliette Binoche character here. Instead of using knowledge (as one does in Kabbalah), Saul uses each of his family members in a (mostly vain) attempt to deepen his own religious sense (an act finally uncovered by Aaron near the film's end). Eliza continues to do well at spelling bees, utilizing her spiritual gift, as Abraham Abulafia described: visions appear to her and help her spell words no matter how difficult.
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Although this gift gets her into the national finals, "Bee Season" is not a movie about spelling bees.

Metacritic gives the film as score of 54% based on reviews from 32 critics.[3]. Saul's son, Aaron, grows unsure of the Judaism foisted on him by his father, and in trying to find a faith he personally believes in, he becomes a Hare Krishna after meeting a woman named Chali (Kate Bosworth) in the park. Does that make her God? Typically, April is the start of swarm season for honey bees, which can pose a danger to those with a lack of understanding that honey bees are not aggressive when in a swarm. Adapted by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (Running on Empty) from the novel by Myla Goldberg, the film explores the subject of Jewish mysticism and its effect on a dysfunctional family.