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"Funny and acutely observed." --Scott Tobias, The Onion
"A loose, low-key, unaccountably fascinating movie." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Top Customer Reviews
I think it's unfortunate that the film hasn't found a wider audience, and part of the problem may be that Bujalski's films are often associated with the do-it-yourself slacker genre sometimes designated "mumblecore." While there are certainly affinities between Bujalski's films and those of the Duplass Brothers or of Joe Swanberg or Aaron Katz, it's a bit too easy and inaccurate to lump all of their films together as chatty films about less than fully articulate 20-somethings, to whom nothing much momentous happens.Read more ›
While I was viewing, the lack of plot and forward motion seemed frustrating. But looking back I found all the little honest moments of human weirdness that Bujalski captured with his (apparently) semi-improvised style gave me more of a real look into the lives of these late 20 somethings than I would have gotten from a more plot driven narrative.
And there IS a plot – about careers, about commitments, and about friendship. The tension over whether two friends who co-own a shop are actually going to sue each other over how the store is run is palpable, if not heart pounding. It's just the focus is more on details than on the big picture -- which is actually a lovely change from most films out there.
Kudos too for having a lead character in a wheelchair and a) not making that the most important thing about her, and b) allowing her to be sexy, sexual, funny, angry, grumpy – all the things people with challenged lives rarely are in movies.
I gave up on that quickly, instead opting to start the movie over from the beginning. If you've seen Bujalski's other works, you know what to expect: artfully told - and small - stories that feel very authentic. Beeswax, even more than his other films, feels very, very real. And while the story is simple, there's so much nuance in the performances and production style that you feel as if you've seen some grand tale unfold.
So, the story. Two twin twenty-something sisters living in the city of Austin, Texas work their way through two very different struggles. Jeannie (played by Tilly Hatcher) is an overachieving boutique clothing/thrift store owner who is worried that her business partner, Corinne (Katy O'Connor), is planning to sue her; all along she spends time with Merrill (Alex Karpovsky), her on-again love who attempts at every turn to help her through her legal woes. Jeannie's sister, Lauren (Maggie Hatcher), is kinda/sorta looking for work and, more or less, just sort of breezing through life - hanging out, getting high and just being all around socially pleasant and fun. We get the impression that Lauren's only real concern (aside from maybe money) is her need to be around for her sister, who, in addition to having problems at work, is a paraplegic young woman with much stress in her life. Both sisters are incredibly kind and soulful people who I came to love through the movie - especially Jeannie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beeswax, the secretion of bees to make the cells of the hives,is a strange title for a film,but it is apt for a film by one of the newer,more interesting American film... Read morePublished 24 months ago by technoguy
Like a poor home movie, left hanging at the end. I am not crazy about hippy environment. characters need make up or decent hairdo.Published on April 11, 2014 by Phillip Healy
Twin sisters are the heart of this movie, Beeswax. Jeannie, in a wheelchair that almost isn't even there, is the co-owner of a clothing boutique specializing in gently used and... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by R S Cobblestone
Seeing a great film like this makes me realize what a tired pile of bombastic clichés so many other films are. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Robert Arnold
Beeswax is a poignant study of people, their relationships, and the paradoxically fascinatingly mundane character of life in a small pocket of modern America- Austin, Texas. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Stephie
What is so unique or creative about a second hand store; hand held cameras; really stilted line-by-line acting; and a story about poor interrelationships? Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by G. Teslovich