Bee Season

Synopsis: Living in Oakland, California, the Naumanns are outwardly a loving, supportive family. Husband and father Saul Naumann is a Religious Studies professor, and looks to his religious training in Judaism as tenets for his family to live. He has high expectations for all members of his family. His mid-teen son, Aaron Naumann, idolizes his father, and does whatever he can to please him. His pre-teen daughter, Eliza Naumann, often feels the neglected child. So when Saul eventually learns that Eliza is participating and excelling in spelling bees, she becomes the focus of his life as he believes that letters in the form of words will lead to answers to the universe. That change in focus to Eliza makes Aaron now feel the neglected one, he who strikes out quietly in his own way with the help of Chali, a young woman he meets. But the person who has felt the most pressure within Saul's way of life is his wife, Miriam Naumann, a microbiologist. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism when she and
Genre: Drama
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

[ Man ]|Number 14...

Eliza Naumann, Oakland Tribune,|Oakland, California.

- " Oppidan "|- " Oppidan "

[ Sighs ]

[ Woman Coughs ]

[ Eliza Narrating ]|My father told me once...

that words and letters hold all|the secrets of the universe.

That in their shapes and sounds...

I could find everything|and see beyond myself...

to something special...


My father told me once...

that I could reach|the ear of God.

[ Woman ]|Eliza?


[ Male Announcer ] From KQED public radio,|this is "The California Report. "

I"m Scott Shaffer. On today"s show,|people from all over the country-

[ Female Announcer ]...thousands of|supermarket clerks are on the picket line.

70,000 union workers at Vons-

...walked off thejob late Saturday|after contract negotiations fell through.

At issue are-

[ Helicopter Approaching ]

Ron says the Alfa's|gonna be ready this afternoon.

- Great.|- So I"ll pick it up and stop for groceries.

- Okay.|- Hey.

Hey, what are you doing?|That's my breakfast.

- This is terrible stuff. How do you eat this?|- [ Chuckles ]

- I'll see you later.|- Yeah, see you.

[ Car Door Closes ]

- Bye. Thanks for the ride.|- [ Mrs. Naumann ] Okay, bye-bye.

[ Eliza ]|Bye.

- Got your lunch?|- Mm-hmm.

Bye, sweetheart.|I'll call after school.

- Okay.|- Okay. Bye-bye.

- Thanks, Mom.|- [ Car Door Closes ]

[ Children Shouting ]

[ Boy ]|Hey, wait up.!

[ Man ]|Eliza, let"s try "possibility. "

[ Eliza ]|"Possibility. "



- I-T-Y. ''Possibility.''|- Correct.

Courtney. "Graphite. "

- Correct.|- [ Girl ] O-R-O-W-

- [ Man ] That"s incorrect.|- [ Boy ] L-I-

[ Man ] Incorrect. I"m sorry.|You"re excused.

- [ Boy ] C-L-T-|- [ Man ] "Placebo. "

- P-L-A-|- [ Man ] "Random. " "Indemnity. "

- I-N-|- "Flux. "

- ''Flux.''|- "Fluorescent. "

- [ Eliza ] F-L-U-O-|- [ Man ] "Archaeology. "

[ Eliza ]|A-R-C-H-A-E...

- O-L-O-G-Y.|- [ Sighs ]

[ Mr. Naumann ] Who"s going to|be handling it? Who do we have this year?

We"ve got Louis, Thomas-|We"ve got-So, that"s James.

Uh, ''Aspects of Biblical Religion.''|Ron usually takes that.

Look again. Uh, 1 90;

Topics in Religious Studies,|the Upanishads.

I could do that or-

[ Speaking Hebrew ]

[ Continues ]

- Coffee? Thanks.|- On the stove.

[ Mrs. Naumann ] You know that dinner|of yours? We used every pot in the house.

- That wasn't worth washing a pot or two?|- Or 1 0.

- [ Chuckles ]|- [ Continues ]

- What's this?|- He's helping her with Hebrew school.

[ Mr. Naumann ] Do you understand|a word you"re saying?

- I understand a lot of it.|- Yeah? Okay.

- Translate, hotshot.|- Um, it's about where Abraham sacrifices-

- No, not sacrifices.|- ...uh, starts-

- Yes?|- sacrifice Isaac to God?

- Yes?|- sacrifice Isaac to God?

- You're being a bully.|- A bully?

[ Scoffs ] Maybe, but why shouldn't|he know what he's saying?

Isn"t God in the words?|See, God is the words.

The spoken words,|the utterances.

How do we reach|the ear of God, Aaron?

- [ Speaking Hebrew ]|- Exactly. You speak with him. It's ridiculous.

MostJews don't understand|what they're saying in services.

Well, that's what attracted me.|The mystery of it all.

- I thought it was Dad"s cooking. [ Laughs ]|- Very clever.

You missed a spot.

You"re slipping. Come on. Let"s go.|Let"s play. Let"s go.

- Come on.|- We'll finish this later.

Hey, what do you think|about changing the tempo-

[ Cello Tuning Up ]

I love this piece.|You been working on this?

[ Violin, Classical ]

[ CelloJoins In ]

- [ Continues ]|- Good night, honey.

[ Rock ]

- Hey.|- Could you drive me somewhere?

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