Release date:November 11, 2005
Studio:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Directors:Scott McGehee, David Siegel
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language)
Screenwriter:Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
Starring:Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella, Kate Bosworth
Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) has no reason to believe she is anything but ordinary. Her father Saul (Richard Gere), a beloved university professor, dotes on her talented elder brother Aaron (Max Minghella). Her scientist mother, Miriam (Juliette Binoche), seems consumed by her career. When a spelling bee threatens to reaffirm her mediocrity, Eliza amazes everyone: she wins. Her newfound gift garners an invitation not only to the national competition, but an entrée into the world of words and Jewish mysticism that have so long captivated her father's imagination. But Eliza's unexpected success hurls the Naumann family dynamic into a tailspin, long-held secrets emerge and she is forced to depend upon her own divination to hold the family together. "Bee Season" is based on the nationally best selling Myla Goldberg novel of the same name.