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Honeyland uses life in a remote village to offer an eye-opening perspective on experiences that should resonate even for audiences halfway around the world.



Total Count: 79


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Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She's the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city -- a mere four hours' walk away. Hatidze's peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.It doesn't take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze's advice aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze's isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.


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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (1)

  • Brief and to the point, Honeyland proves more meditative than its premise suggests.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • Grave and wise, "Honeyland" is ultimately an act of faith, and the filmmakers extend the idea of balance all the way to the film's implicit moral.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • This elegant film... begins as the intimate portrait of a beekeeper who makes famously good honey, and then expands to become something of a parable.

    Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    John Powers

    Top Critic
  • As an intervention in the conversation around climate change and natural disaster, Honeyland performs the unique feat of uniting agriculture with human culture, to prove that it is really all just culture.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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