"The Secret Life of Bees" is a 2008 movie which was made from the book with the same name written by American author Sue Monk Kidd. The screenplay to this book was directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Both the book and movie fall under the drama genre. Some of the actors and actresses who are in the movie are Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Paul Bettany.
The main setting for "The Secret Life of Bees" is the year 1964 in South Carolina. The main character, 14 year old Lily Owens keeps on being haunted by memories of her dead mother. Lily struggles with those memories. Sometimes she does not know what to do with those memories and does not know how to cope with them. At the young tender age of 14, Lily wants to still see her mother the way she did as a child. Yet, at the same time, she is starting to realize how her mother actually was. Lily is starting to see her late mother in a different light as she is gets older and matures. This is why she is struggling with those thoughts and memories of her late mother. Lily has always loved her mother and does not want to loose her childhood memories of her mother. Those childhood memories are good and wonderful seen through the eyes of an innocent child. Now that Lily is 14, she is starting to see those memories for what they truly are and that is why she struggles and is haunted by them.
Lily does not have a good relationship with her father. She never did even when her mother was alive. Since the death of her mother, Lily has become lonely and does not have any friends besides her caregiver Rosaleen. To escape her troubled and lonely life with her father, Lily and Rosaleen escape to a small town in South Carolina. This small town is where her late mother spent many years growing up. Lily and Rosaleen go to this town to find answers to Lily's mothers past. Lily wants to be able to find out more about her mother so she can try to stop being haunted and troubled by the memories.
When she gets to the small town, Lily is taken in by the Boatwright sisters. These sisters are very intelligent and know about Lily's mother. The sisters are beekeepers. They help Lily understand her mother and where her mother was coming from. Most of all, the sisters help Lily understand life.
"The Secret Life of Bees" is a wonderful drama. It is a must see, heart felt movie.