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Tell It to the Bees (2018)

TV-MA | | Drama, Romance | 3 May 2019 (USA)
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In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient's mother.


Annabel Jankel


Henrietta Ashworth (screenplay adaptation), Jessica Ashworth (screenplay adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Boyd ... Older Charlie (voice)
Gregor Selkirk ... Charlie Weekes
Anna Paquin ... Dr. Jean Markham
Euan Mason Euan Mason ... John
Holliday Grainger ... Lydia Weekes
Lauren Lyle ... Annie Stock
Kate Dickie ... Pam Stock
Lauren Annie Boyle Lauren Annie Boyle ... Chanting Girl #1 (as Lauren Boyle)
Zara Howell Zara Howell ... Chanting Girl #2
Violet Fluendy Violet Fluendy ... Chanting Girl #3
Kaidon McGrath Kaidon McGrath ... Bully
Liam Meghan Liam Meghan ... Billy
Joanne Gallagher ... Mrs. Bewick
Joni Samson Joni Samson ... Connie
Isaac Jenkins Isaac Jenkins ... Tim Bewick


A single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband, meets the small village's Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown when Lydia's son Charlie is taken to the doctor after being bullied in school. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted because of Lydia's earnings from her work are not adequate to pay the rent, Jean invites them to stay in her home and she and Lydia soon develop a friendship and something more. Written by Merve Kurt

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Adapted from a novel by Fiona Shaw. However, the book's happy ending was changed to a more bittersweet ending in the movie. See more »


Dr. Jean Markham: You should tell the bees your secrets. Then they won't fly away.
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Charlie is a problem
7 August 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Charlie is a young boy trying to understand the world. His father Robert Weekes (Emun Elliott) is a brutal man who has abandoned him and his mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger). Charlie befriends Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who keeps bees in her yard. She had recently returned home after her father's death. She's a woman's doctor and a lesbian which must be kept secret back then in a small village. When Lydia and Charlie get evicted, they move in with Jean. Slowly, Jean succumbs to Lydia and the secret cannot be kept hidden.

Charlie is a problem. His turn is a problem. It's hard to understand his action when the movie doesn't seem to know him either. It needs to be set up better. His motivation is like a swarm of bees. It's hard to know which one is important and which one is not. Does he like his father? He fears being taken away but he's running away. Does he expect his family to be reunited? He's obsessed with secrets but what exactly does he know? What does he understand about love or sex? He doesn't seem to know and the movie is unable to specify his understanding. It may help to have an even younger actor in the role which would excuse his confusion. There is also the matter with the bees. It's a magical premise but the movie does not have the surreal magic needed to pull it off. While I appreciate the intended message, the movie never strays away from preaching its views. This could work but Charlie is a problem.

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