Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? | Movie review
A documentary looks at the repercussions of the potential extinction of the bees.
Siegel’s fascinating follow-up to The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005) is a droll, inquisitive and sorrowful exploration of how mechanized industrial production has occasioned a scientific phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,” which will ostensibly lead to the extinction of the honeybee. From the provocative opening images—showing a piece of performance art in which a woman’s body is swarming with bees—the images are frequently hypnotic. Siegel navigates the globe and gives voice to a series of scientists, philosophers and organic beekeepers who point out devastating ecological repercussions of the potential loss. These subjects make charismatic and vividly drawn characters, although the film’s reliance on talking heads lessens its cinematic possibilities.