Reactions to Honeyland
Our fourth film, Honeyland from Macedonia, proved to be another great success with our members registering an overall appreciation score of 91.0%.
Here are some of the comments received:
- Thought provoking and poignant.
- What a charming film! And the camera work was outstanding. A joy to watch! CFS keeps nailing it!!
- Stunning. A gem. The sort of film we lust for.
- Beautifully observed and filmed. Superb.
- Wonderful, moving, interesting and beautiful to look at. I wanted to know more about the film and characters.
- Extraordinary and riveting! The contrast between the world of Hatidze and her mother and the aeroplanes constantly flying over their remote location was a reminder to me of how little we know of the world outside our narrow and relatively wealthy English lives.
- Brilliant film. Heart-breaking and bleak. Not sure why but I also felt some optimism and hope. Perhaps it was the fortitude and resilience of the main protagonist.
- A beautifully moving picture of a way of life in touch with the rhythms of nature and how it is eroded by insensitive greed.
- A documentary that views like a drama, touching and gruelling in equal measure. Honey is a serious matter.
- What a beautiful, moving and thought-provoking film! Stunning cinematography and sensitive direction. We were deeply moved by this portrayal of Hatidze’s life encompassing hardship, a powerful connection with nature and cheerfulness throughout. If only more people could get to see it!
- Amazing woman. I wonder if they just happened upon this situation or if they orchestrated it?
- Stunning photography. Enchanting beautiful film. Absolutely loved it!
- Touching, engaging, beautifully filmed. Makes you count your blessings!
- What a real gem. Just wonderful. Maybe the best this year – so far!
- It was refreshing to watch, without being told, and to let the subject lead the narrative rather than the director. At times, it veered slightly into Borat territory but fortunately always stopped short.
- Informative rather than entertaining. Fascinating insight into another world. The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly moving.
- A very unusual film and difficult to describe to people but exactly the type of film I attend the Film Society to see.
- Beautifully filmed and highlights the fragility of humanity’s relationship with the natural world that is so greedily and ignorantly exploited.
- A strange documentary… seemed too staged and perfect.