Drama | Albanian with English subtitles | 84 minutes
Hive is based on a true story of a woman, Fahrije, who, with other women in the village, search for their missing husbands shortly after the Kosovo War in 1998-1999. Determined to provide for her struggling family, Fahrije manages her husband’s bee hive, bottles the honey, and sells it at the local market. This doesn’t generate enough income. Fahrije then bottles her special recipe for a hot pepper sauce. When this becomes a hit, Fahrije and her best friend Nazmije, motivate other widows to help them in this enterprise. Fahrije subsequently encounters the enmity of the men in the village who condemn women displaying such independence. The animosity is so severe that it threatens the financial future of Fahrije and her family.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 71
Sundance Film Festival: Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize; Best Director, World Cinema (Blerta Basholli)
Academy Awards: Kosovan Submission, Best International Feature Film
Hive received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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Gashi’s sturdy portrayal of a no-nonsense woman doesn’t traffic in cheap inspiration and neither does Basholli’s film. Instead it serves as an indictment of absurd cultural restraints and traditions and a reminder that the tragedies of war extend beyond the battlefield.
HIVE isn’t focused on partisan politics, nor is it waving any obvious flags. Instead it concentrates on the textures, gestures and practices of everyday lives. HIVE seizes and holds your interest simply through the drama created by the sympathetic characters trying to surmount awful, unfair hurdles.
The sumptuous film, based on Cuarón’s own childhood, reverberates not only with innocence but with the awful intuition of its collapse.
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