Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean's world.
"Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger elevate this uneven adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel, about a controversial romance between two women in postwar Scotland. Grainger’s Lydia is a single mother struggling to pay her rent; part-time beekeeper Jean Markham (Paquin) has inherited both her late father’s medical practice and the family house."
"Despite the hefty talent involved, there’s a preposterous pass-agg tweeness to this film – a contrived and self-conscious affair adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel and directed by Annabel Jankel. It’s about forbidden love seen through the uncomprehending and then semi-comprehending eyes of a child in that foreign country famously described by LP Hartley: the past."