DVD Beeswax (DVD 6311166),
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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • MUTUAL APPRECIATION filmmaker Andrew Bujalski melds his mumblecore aesthetic with the legal thriller genre for this independent film that played at the Berlin Film Festival. Real-life twins Tilly and Maggie Hatcher star as sisters Jeannie (Tilly), a paraplegic woman who co-owns a store, and Lauren (Maggie). The store's other owner, Amanda, is threatening to sue, and Jeannie begins to panic over the implications.
  • Credits
    Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky, Katy O'Connor, David Zellner, Kyle Henry, Anne Dodge, Bryan Poyser, Nathan Zellner, Dia Sokol
  • Critic Reviews
    "BEESWAX deals with the ambivalence and inexperience of young adults who find themselves in situations that might well determine the rest of their lives....BEESWAX is also the most visually stylized of Bujalski's movies."
    Film Comment

    4 stars out of 5 -- "The narrative and the characters are loosely molded, lending to the film's naturalism but simultaneously lending to the sense that real life is at odds with life as we see it in films."
    Box Office

    "There's real drama and tension in BEESWAX....Bujalski's funny, diverting character piece has a lived-in quality that's no small achievement." -- Grade: B+
    A.V. Club

    "That BEESWAX works more often than it doesn't suggest there's still life in Bujalski's method, as long as he keeps casting friends as compelling as Tilly and Maggie Hatcher."

    "[A] remarkably subtle, even elegant movie. Its leisurely scenes and hesitant, circling conversations conceal both an ingenious comic structure and a rich emotional subtext."
    New York Times

    "There are fine, observational moments..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] subtle, amusing film filled with charm and spontaneity that displays the filmmaker's gift for creating an acute sense of life being lived before our very eyes."
    Los Angeles Times

    "It's intensely self-aware -- and it's a subtle examination of this too, and an ideal and as a trap."
    Sight and Sound

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