Secret Life Of Bees, The
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Drama set in 1964 South Carolina, based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Dakota Fanning stars as Lily Owens, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a fruit farm owner who is violent and abusive towards her. Her mother died in a horrific accident when Lily was a toddler, and she is cared for by her black nanny, Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). When Rosaleen ends up in jail after getting in trouble with a group of racist men in their local town, Lily frees her and the pair run away together, ending up at a honey farm owned by the Boatwright sisters, August (Queen Latifah), June (Alicia Keys) and May (Sophie Okonedo). Lily is taken on by the sisters as a beekeeping apprentice, and eventually discovers that her new 'family' has deep and unexpected connections with her late mother.
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30 March 2009
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A touching story about the need for love, family and redemption, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES explores our undeniable desire for a sense of belonging and the often daunting journeys that we must navigate to achieve it. Set in South Carolina during the turbulent Civil Rights era, the home of the intelligent and independent honey-making Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo) is suddenly thrust into upheaval with the arrival of fourteen year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) and her caretaker Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). Surrounded by the unexpected comforts, grace and deep rooted spirituality Lily (Fanning) encounters in the Boatwright home, she forms a maternal bond with each of these women whose unique and special gifts help reconcile the loss of her mother. Lily ultimately comes to the realization that sometimes you must leave home in order to find it.
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