TIFF 2018 Review: TELL IT TO THE BEES (UK 2018) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Tell It to the Bees Poster
A single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband, meets the small village’s Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown when Lydia’s…See full summary »


Annabel Jankel


Henrietta Ashworth (adaptation), Jessica Ashworth(adaptation) | 1 more credit »

Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw with a post World War II setting, TELL IT TO THE BEES comes from the very little heard proverb about keeping secrets from neighbours but telling it to the bees.  This is a lesbian love story taking place in a Scottish small town, so it be best that this be kept a secret. 

 A brilliant female doctor (Anna Paquin) has just moved to the village.  She befriends a young boy.  When the boy’s mother and him is evicted rom their home after the father has left them, the doctor takes them in, only to start a love affair and relationship with the mother.  This is an emotional gut wrenching tale but with a fairy tale twist that takes away some of the story’s credibility.  But who can turn away a good fairly tale these days?  

Director Jankel loves the Scottish countryside and her film shows this – with lots of beautiful Scottish landscape scenery.

Trailer: (clip) http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2018/09/07/tiff-2018-new-clip-for-tell-it-to-the-bees-with-anna-paquin-holliday-grainger/