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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by DjMethod 10 / 10 / 10

Humbling, Unforgettable

"One half for me, one half for you." 3 years. 400+ hours of footage. My 2nd viewing. Yet I am still at a loss for words at how a film like this is even possible. It somehow manages to present a grounded narrative, a parable of rural life, and a kind environmental message, all quietly captured through observational lens and intimate scope. You will witness everything from a cow giving birth to the near-drowning of a child (which, while brief, is very difficult to watch). The editing and fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style is superb. Do not miss.

Reviewed by Red-125 9 / 10 / 10

Extraordinary film from Macedonia

Honeyland (2019) was directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. It's an extraordinary Macedonian film considered to be a documentary. Hatidze Muratova portrays herself, as does Nazife Muratova, her mother. Hatidze is a beekeeper in a seemingly remote area in Macedonia. Actually, it's relatively close to the capitol city of Skopje. However, the terrain is truly wild. We don't see any evidence of advanced technology except for jet vapor trails high overhead. Hatidze is a successful beekeeper. Her success is possible because she is carefully attuned to the bees and their life cycle. Her rule is "one-half of the honey for the bees, one-half for us." All is going well until the arrival of Hussein Sam and his wife Ljutvie Sam. They are the parents of a large, sprawling family. Their livelihood comes from raising cattle, but Hussain soon realizes that he can make additional money by raising bees. However, he's greedy, and matters start to take a wrong turn. The reason I wrote that the film is "considered to be a documentary" is because it's hard to believe that the Sam family would arrive on cue to give the story its basic plot. Hussain isn't a villain, but he's certainly not a hero. Why would he allow himself and his family to be portrayed in such a negative way? They're a real family, but I assume that this part of the movie was scripted to fit in with the basic theme. The theme is, clearly, living in harmony with nature vs. pushing nature out of harmony. (We discussed this with friends after the screening, and they brought this up first. Also, other IMDb reviewers have mentioned it. I think most viewers would agree.) We saw this film in Rochester's great Little Theatre. **If you have the opportunity to see this movie on the large screen, don't pass it up.** That's because the images are so strikingly beautiful that a small screen won't do full justice to them. I don't usually cite cinematographers, but here is a situation where they deserve to be recognized: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma. Honeyland has an extremely high IMDb rating of 8.1. Even if you can't see it in a theater, it's still definitely worth seeing. Don't miss it.

Reviewed by JoshuaDysart 9 / 10 / 10

Cinema as an empathy engine.

Fighting with your neighbors. Struggling to care for your aging parent. Plying your craft and trade in the compassionless barreling economy of scale, so different from, and destructive to, the natural economies of being human. It is the same here, there, and everywhere. When there is no social contract their is imbalance and suffering, when the natural order is defended, there is simplicity and sustainability. One of my favorites of the year. Cinema is many things, but at its most beautiful it is an empathy engine.

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