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Director: Laura Lewis-Barr
Writer: Laura Lewis-Barr (Screenplay)
Starring: Carrie Lee Patterson, Steve Ratcliff
Plot: While trying to avoid a hive of moody bees Abe must convince his runaway wife, Helen, to come home from an empty monastery. ‘Cloistered Honey’ is a mystery, a love story, and an exploration of what we believe and why.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
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Verdict: Wonderful Examination of Relationship
Story: Cloistered Honey starts as Abe (Ratcliff) has tracked down his wife Helen (Patterson) who has runaway to random monastery to help care for the bee hives. Abe is trying to figure out what drove Helen to leave him as we follow the two through the scientific, philosophical and emotional discussion to learn what the two scientists now have in different.
Thoughts on Cloistered Honey
Characters – Abe and Helen are a once happily married couple, who specialise in science, now Helen has turned to religion for answers about where she wants her life next, Abe challenges her new look on life, as he still follows the scientific beliefs. The two are reasonable about their discussion showing both their cards on the situation they are facing, proving to feel like a real couple going through a bump in the road.
Performances – This is a performance driven movie, we only have the two stars in Carrie Lee Patterson and Steve Ratcliff, they must work well together for this movie to work and they do deliver through the film.
Story – The story here follows a couple that have found a bump in the road and must come together to talk about the situation they find themselves in, learn about the mistakes they may have made in the past or face a future apart. The story comes off honest, it doesn’t play into the hands that either one has made a terrible mistake rather than needs to take notice of smaller details. The way the story comes off could easily become a play, because if you want an wilder known example of something similar with different discussion, think Carnage, which is about the performance of a story being told.
Comedy/Romance – The film does have moments of comedy, which more often than not come from Abe trying to be funny but tackles the romance people will have for each other.
Settings – The film keeps the singular location which makes sense while the discussion between the two people are making.
Final Thoughts – This is a very good look at how relationships can need discussing which feels like a sensible look at how things can be discussed rather than rushing into rash decisions.
Overall: Smartly written relationship drama.