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Beeswax

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A marvelous new film from Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation), one of the brightest stars in indie film, Beeswax revolves around the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren - played by extraordinary newcomers Tilly and Maggie Hatcher - living in Austin, Texas. Jeannie co-owns a vintage clothing store with Amanda, a semi-estranged friend who she fears is trying to end their partnership. Lauren leads a looser, less tethered existence and is considering getting out of the country altogether. When Jeannie receives an email from Amanda threatening a lawsuit, she calls her law student ex-boyfriend Merrill for help. Eager for distraction from his own problems, he begins helping the sisters with theirs. Imbued with an innate charm, Beeswax is a story about family, friends and lovers and those awkward moments that bring all of them together.

Special Features
- Alternate Soundtrack: A Musical Experiment by D.J. Taitelbaum
- "A Tribute to Extras" featurette
- Official Theatrical Trailer
- "Yes /No" Non-Theatrical Trailer
- Liner Notes by Kevin Corrigan
- Collectible Filmstrip from 16mm print

Review

"Engagingly entertaining. Perhaps no film this year captured the developing new spirit of independent film better than writer-director Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax. --Mark Olsen, LA Times

"Funny and acutely observed." --Scott Tobias, The Onion

"A loose, low-key, unaccountably fascinating movie." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky
  • Directors: Andrew Bujalski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: The Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030HCPLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beeswax" on IMDb

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By Nate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
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Jeannie is the co-owner of a vintage clothing store; she also happens to be in a wheelchair. Frustrated by her co-owner's lack of participation in the day-to-day operations of the store, she has reason to suspect that some of the frustration is mutual, and that there may be a lawsuit in the offing. Jeannie's twin sister, Lauren, is flighty and non-committal in both her career and in her relationships, but is able to provide an emotional anchor for Jeannie. Meanwhile, Jeannie connects up with her old boyfriend, who is nearing completion of his law degree, at least in part because he can provide advice, but maybe in search of something else as well. This is a difficult film to summarize in a few lines, but develops into a rich and quite satisfying portrait of two sisters as they deal with family, relationships, business, and career; it also manages to be a profound and subtle exploration of the ambiguities of language and the conflicts between the tacit commitments that inform our interactions with those around us, and the explicit contracts that undergird the law.

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.
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It breathes, it palpitates, it moves at the speed of life. An absolute masterpiece of the new naturalism (I'd rather not call it mumblecore). I can't improve on the excellent lead review but must say that I don't know why so many intelligent people find this kind of indie--the kind that captures the texture of real life--so boring or pointless. This film makes you realize how set-up and sexed-up almost everything else is. I don't mean that it is utterly free of contrivance but that there is a quality of immediacy that allows for a more living intimacy.
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Intelligent, very low key mumble-core comedy/ drama that I liked better on reflection than while I was first watching it.

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.
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By the time the movie Chop Shop ended I wanted to move to New York and befriend writer/director Ramin Bahrani, simply because his movie was so good and made me feel so much. I thought that would be a one-of-a-kind reaction, but the moment writer/director Andrew Bujalski's third feature, Beeswax, ended, I was looking around online, trying to find his contact info.

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.
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