Retaining the Bees: Netflix | Unhealthy Beekeeping Weblog


It’s nice to know loads about bees, though it generally comes between you and a very good time. I loved Retaining the Bees, a Turkish-language drama (2019; 93minutes), however some bee-science was forgotten within the lab and the jars of skinny honey was cringe-worthy. However the film was good.

I don’t know the way lengthy Retaining the Bees has been enjoying on Netflix, however we caught it final evening. I’ll attempt to not put up spoilers, however here’s a very temporary synopsis. The central character (Ayse, within the photograph above) returns to her village from Germany, the place she had been working for ten years. Her mom is dying, which prompted her return, and certainly, the aged girl dutifully checks out of the script within the first couple of minutes. However first, she bequeaths her apiary to Ayse. It’s not a very good match. Neither is the return of the intense and fairly younger girl to her homeland.

There are some moderately bizarre bee scenes, that are unforgivable from my perspective, but in addition some native bee lore (indigenous information), which I absolutely admire, even figuring out we are able to disprove a few of it. The truth that Ayse imports an English queen to the apiary of Caucasian bees made me gasp. The native bees had resided and tailored to the setting of the Turkish Caucasus mountainside for 1000’s of years. Now comes the brand new British queen. Nicely, this, in fact, is a significant theme of the film. You actually can’t come residence once more. Or are you able to?

The movie has attractive surroundings, a reasonably good script, wonderful performing and directing. When you don’t perceive Turkish, you’ll must learn the sparse dialogue, as I did. Look previous the errors that the bees make alongside the best way and benefit from the film. It’s value it.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working on the College of Calgary. He’s additionally a geophysicist and does a little bit of science writing and running a blog. Ron has labored as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He is primarily based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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