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442 Ratings

Beeswax

Directed by Andrew Bujalski
United States, 2009
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

The personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren in Austin, over the ownership of Jeannie’s bright, candy-colored vintage clothing store, and the involvement of her ex-boyfriend. Soon everyone is trying to lend each other a hand but nothing is going according to plan.

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Beeswax Directed by Andrew Bujalski
More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance. Also like Rohmer, this is a film about how language lacks the capabilities to convey the complexity of human feeling and that we have to look beyond what characters are saying to decode their thoughts and intentions.
April 13, 2010
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If you’re expecting conventional plot and resolution, there isn’t anything like that here. Bujalski is offering an entirely different experience, that being the time and space to get to know these people and feel the texture of their lives and draw your own conclusions about them.
August 06, 2009
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[Bujalski’s] latest effort, “Beeswax,” represents an encouraging leap forward. For the first time, he’s placed his hapless folk within a recognizable real-world milieu — one in which people have difficulties more pressing than how to extricate themselves from some goofy-ass house party.
August 05, 2009
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What are people saying?

  • Pál's rating of the film Beeswax

    Somehow I've felt the style more distinctive than in Funny ha ha. That was like friends shooting a movie among themselves, and here there are purposefully no explicitly dramatic scenes. Close-ups on actresses are memorable for their exagerratedly uncontrolled facial expressions, and it's got its hilarious moments, like what to do on a highway.

  • HP Hovercraft's rating of the film Beeswax

    I loved this movie soooo much. Having now seen all three of his films, I think Bujalski might be my favorite American filmmaker to emerge in the last ten years. I can't wait for Computer Chess!

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Beeswax

    A natural maturation from Andrew Bujalski's previous work. Just one thing I appreciate about Bujalski's writing here: very early in "Beeswax," he sets up the idea of a potential lawsuit looming over the head of our main protagonist, Jeannie. This allows him to introduce some inherent tension and conflict into a film that, at its heart, is pretty tension-free, an amiable collage of life's in-between moments.

  • Polyglot's rating of the film Beeswax

    @Rodney: I strongly disagree with you on Beeswax. I am not as smart as you (and most of the users here), so my counter-point will be the exact opposite of what you just said.

  • rachelldancer's rating of the film Beeswax

    A modest, free spirited and optimistic film about family and friends and the awkward moments that make life more interesting. The cinematography and the color theme used throughout the film kept a refreshing and happy vibe all the way through. Bujakski did a fantastic job portraying meaningful raw relationships between people.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Beeswax

    Unlike "Funny Ha Ha," which irked me due to the lack of substantive, real world problems, "Beeswax" has an actual plot involving women running a business. So few films take on this subject; I was glad to see an intelligent story about the lives of women. Good to see Alex Karpovsky interacting with smarter women than on "Girls." His energy is a great help to this film. The sisters' scene in the field is spectacular.

  • yohkcub's rating of the film Beeswax

    I like Bujaliski's style of film making a lot. I thought the characters in this film were more interesting that in Funny Ha Ha. There's some kind of beauty and simplicity about focusing on the everyday situations and intimate relationships in the lives of other people. I like that his films don't really have a true ending, it just feels like opening up a chapter in the lives of these characters. I dig it.

  • Drew's rating of the film Beeswax

    This film is so slow but there were moments that seemed so true to life that I almost forgot I was watching a movie. The characters are strong despite not having a clear grasp of what they want or where they're going. The film never outright asked for sympathy, but there was a deep sadness that crept up throughout it's entirety that was ultimately unsettling and unsatisfying.

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