The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees is based on a novel written by Sue Monk Kidd. It is a drama set in South Carolina during a time of racial segregation and tension. Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) is a budding teenager who is trying to find herself. She accidently killed her mother when she was four years old and lives with her awful father T-Ray (Paul Bettany). She escapes her life as she knows it along with their worker Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) in search of who she is and answers about her mother. They find themselves heading for Tiburon, SC which was Lily’s only clue from her mother’s past belongings. There they come across a bright pink house belonging to the Boatwright sisters. They are taken in to stay and work for August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) who runs beekeeping colony and her two sisters June (Alicia Keys) and May (Sophie Okenedo). As Lily spends her days learning to work with the bees she starts to become comfortable in her skin and discover that she can be loved. While watching this film I was becoming engrossed in the female aspect of it. While it may be considered a “chick flick” I think that the themes are far reaching beyond that. The theme of loving and being loved are present throughout. Lily has never experienced love at the beginning yet she that is...

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