The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

DVD - 2008
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14-year-old Lily Owens escapes her cruel father to discover the truth about her late mother's past. Along with her caregiver Rosaleen she flees to a small South Carolina town where she is taken in by the bee-keeping Boatwright sisters.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Secre 3564
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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JCLJoyceM Sep 25, 2017

This is nearly as good as the book, which was tremendous. Thankfully Hollywood did not change a lot from the original which explores what family means. It is very relevant in the current turbulent racial times.

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karin66
May 07, 2016

This book has great reviews, hence the reason I got it, but it didn't do it for me.

The book is written in a diary format alternating between the past and the present, the author did a great job of that I thought. It wasn't difficult to know where you were in the story line. However, as I was reading something started to nag at me. At first I couldn't figure out what it was, then it dawned on me: it was written as a diary, so it should read as present tense, yet at times it changed to what would happen in the future (future-perfect?). Example, "It was the first time of many...". Yet as a diary, day by day, one would not know that. Perhaps not a big deal but it niggled at me.

Some parts (content wise), were difficult to read, I would have to put down the book for a while, other times I wanted to scream, "Just say something for God sakes!" But I imagine that is part of the message the author wanted to convey. So that is more of a "it's me not you" kind of thing.

I really liked the growth of our heroine, her journey from dark depths to resiliency. I still wanted to tell her to speak up though.

I also thought that there were milestones that should have been given more weight. Catherine was a party girl, yeah we get that, lets know more about some of the other important parts. I don't want to say which ones, lest I give out too much information.

What really disappointed me was the ending. I do not like an unfinished story, my entertainment time is precious and I do not care to have to ponder and wonder. That's just me. Others who do not mind may very well enjoy this read.

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DreDre
Mar 17, 2015

A heartwarming movie. Engaging from beginning to end. Fairly accurate to the book which was also good.

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Jane_Sm
Mar 05, 2015

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed re-watching this heartwarming movie. Well-written story, wonderful strong characters, fine acting all around. Definitely worth seeing again from time to time.

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MissECE
Aug 04, 2014

Excellent Movie !!! Is a must see.

LindaHolland Feb 04, 2014

I was thoroughly engrossed by this movie. I laughed, I cried, I seethed with indignation, I held my heart in joy. Strong performances from all the cast. Very moving and well worth a watch.

hania4987 Nov 10, 2013

the society of wise women

d2013 Feb 14, 2013

Love Dakota Fanning. Such a good actress. I loved this movie and loved the book. Both enjoyable and well-done.

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ButeraDrew
Jan 17, 2013

OMG!!! NEVER WATCH THIS MOVIE. THE MOVIE IS AMAZING WITH AMAZING ACTORS/ACTRESSES, IT IS TOO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!! I CRIED AND I HAD TO LEAVE THE ROOM

jpozenel Dec 30, 2012

Though not a great movie, but it's still pretty good and watchable.

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May 21, 2011

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ButeraDrew
Jan 17, 2013

Other: FRIGHTNING, VIOLENCE, RACISM (BECAUSE OF MOVIE THEME) DYING!! BLOOD

nadian Mar 19, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian Mar 19, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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