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  • 3.7
  • passes the bechdel test
BEESWAX revolves around the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren (played by extraordinary newcomers Tilly and Maggie Hatcher) living in Austin, Texas. Jeannie co-owns a bright, candy-colored vintage clothing store. When a conflict with her business partner threatens to boil over, she turns to an ex-boyfriend, Merrill (Alex Karpovsky), who is recently graduated from law school and all too eager to try to fix the sisters' problems as a way of ignoring his own. Soon everyone is trying to lend each other a hand but nothing is going according to plan. Charming and intimate, this is a story about how we depend on our families (the kind we're stuck with and the kind we build for ourselves) and the beeswax that holds them all together. As in director Andrew Bujalski's earlier MUTUAL APPRECIATION and FUNNY HA HA, a deceptively modest premise gives way to the unavoidable foibles of humankind.

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"More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance." - David Jenkins, Time Out

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Humanist filmmaking at its best, with incredibly deep and multifaceted characters drawn from a real life that is rarely depicted so well in films.

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It's like trying to leave a boring house party, but you cant exit because two people are leaning on the door and having a really long, uneventful conversation.

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Fantastic performances -- the lightness of the touch could easily fall into pointlessness, but brilliantly carried by the cast. Kind of a Cassavettes film for the low-affect era. Highly recommended.

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I am quite certain that if I filmed my friends having random conversations about their day to day activities, it would be slightly more interesting than this movie was. I say this with the sincerity of a viewer who just volunteered a movie length slot of time to viewing this effort whose point eludes me.

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This is a really nice movie. Although it was subtle, and small in a way, it got at big ideas in a way that really held my attention all the way through, and made me think about it again and again.

1 member likes this review

Humanist filmmaking at its best, with incredibly deep and multifaceted characters drawn from a real life that is rarely depicted so well in films.

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It's just an amazing film from beginning to end. The influence of Eric Rohmer is clear, but Bujalski makes the movie his own. There may not be much of a plot, but this film is about a good many things.

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This is a delightful film. It flows well, and the characters are very engaging. The two sisters are remarkable. I don't know if it is because the story is like their lives or if they are just great new actresses, but they made the movie very easy to watch. I think most people will enjoy this It isn't earth shattering, but you develop a genuine pathos with the characters and that is what makes it all work.

Just watched and enjoyed Funny Ha Ha and did not mean to watch this Bujalski film as well. I started it and just couldn't stop. But why?

His films always have a way of mesmerizing me, like I'm being charmed, and before I know it the film has ended. This is good filmmaking. We are moved, and then spend the next few days trying to figure out why.

Beeswax feels like a student film that failed. There's nothing keeping a viewer watching, no plot drive, or investment in relationships or characters. There are many good things about it: real female characters, the idea of communication, the idea of taking ownership of your life, a disabled character treated normally, a real relationship. Beeswax opens on the characters having issues, but then the film repeatedly stumbles over these issues. Saving the suing until the end may be like real life, but it makes for a boring, pointless film.

I thought the movie was OK. I was hoping for more nuance in the relationship, and more scenes showing the Austin environment.

Gave it all i had until the end - what a let down

The film was overall okay. The acting was very natural. In fact, it felt like you were watching your friends engage in their own lives. However, there was not enough to the story. Still, I did enjoy watching these characters and settings. I enjoyed the character played by Alex Karpovsky, from the HBO series Girls.

This just never captured my interest. I couldn't gather any empathy for any of the characters, and I finally gave up. This must just be in a genre not for my head :(

A bit confusing as to role of characters and this gets clearer as the movie progresses. A bit slow at times. Well acted.

It was a good movie. Enjoyed the story.


Feels like Austin. Good movie.

Frankly, this movie is just irritating. I was hoping for something redeeming to evolve...but it's just pedestrian.

looks like it might be good so i put it in my queue