The Secret Life of Bees
Our next Rialto Recommends stars Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo in writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's 2008 adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. This is one of those films that falls into the category of audiences liked the film better than the critics did. Set in South Carolina in 1964, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Roger Ebert's comment on the film is worth noting "As a realistic portrayal of life in rural South Carolina in 1964, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is dreaming. As a parable of hope and love, it is enchanting." While MSNBC said "At its best, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES feels like an American spin on the wonderful Dutch Oscar-winner Antonia's Line, about a utopian matriarchal society that stands apart from a world in chaos." While TimeOut said "There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying." THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is streaming on IMDBtv or available to rent for a modest fee from RedBox, Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others.