A modest, free spirited and optimistic film about family and friends and the awkward moments that make life more interesting. The cinematography and the color theme used throughout the film kept a refreshing and happy vibe all the way through. Bujakski did a fantastic job portraying meaningful raw relationships between people.
I really loved this movie right up until the point that it didn't end. Such a lazy, terrible decision by Bujalski. The best parts are the characters which are definitely fun to watch develop. The story sets up to be pretty intriguing, but nothing gets resolved and it's all just open plot threads left to sit there. Very unsatisfying. But I tell ya, I really enjoyed the ride up to that point. Ah wells....
Unlike "Funny Ha Ha," which irked me due to the lack of substantive, real world problems, "Beeswax" has an actual plot involving women running a business. So few films take on this subject; I was glad to see an intelligent story about the lives of women. Good to see Alex Karpovsky interacting with smarter women than on "Girls." His energy is a great help to this film. The sisters' scene in the field is spectacular.
I like Bujaliski's style of film making a lot. I thought the characters in this film were more interesting that in Funny Ha Ha. There's some kind of beauty and simplicity about focusing on the everyday situations and intimate relationships in the lives of other people. I like that his films don't really have a true ending, it just feels like opening up a chapter in the lives of these characters. I dig it.
This film is so slow but there were moments that seemed so true to life that I almost forgot I was watching a movie. The characters are strong despite not having a clear grasp of what they want or where they're going. The film never outright asked for sympathy, but there was a deep sadness that crept up throughout it's entirety that was ultimately unsettling and unsatisfying.
Il y a des choses jolies dans cette cire d'abeille mais quelque chose me fait dire qu'il manque son dard (pas de référence au pénis), son côté piquant, à cet insecte. Après tout, la copine de maman peut racheter la part de son associée. Donc tout ça c'est surtout pour passer le temps, non ? Au fait, j'ai oublié mon porte monnaie au resto.
Collant comme une cire d'abeille ? Filandreux, plutôt : les relations croisées de jeunes adultes de la région d'Austin (Texas) autour d'une boutique vintage, avec deux sœurs aux styles différents, des problèmes juridiques, des liaisons plus ou moins solides... Pas mal fichu, mais un peu difficile de s'attacher à ces micro-péripéties, qui au final manquent de relief. La fiction aurait besoin de rebondissements !
The problem with Beeswax isn't that it focuses on everyday details. Many artists (Ozu, Leigh, Jarmusch) do just that, but they make it matter. Beeswax, by contrast, is boring as a dog's ass. It never takes off, and the people in it are annoying as hell. They're those types whose every statement sounds like a question. I sat wishing an asteroid would take out the whole twee, self-absorbed, preening lot.
Somehow I've felt the style more distinctive than in Funny ha ha. That was like friends shooting a movie among themselves, and here there are purposefully no explicitly dramatic scenes. Close-ups on actresses are memorable for their exagerratedly uncontrolled facial expressions, and it's got its hilarious moments, like what to do on a highway.
Mike, I appreciate where you are coming from, but underlying this film is a means of production and artistic intent that inherently undermines the ability to capture the exactitude of the everyday reality its characters inhabit. The fact that Bujalski has an intent behind filmmaking equates the reality of his film with the reality found in any formalist directors repertoire.