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Dr. Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) 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 (Gregor Selkirk) 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 (Holliday Grainger) into Jean's world. In the sanctuary of the doctor's house the two women find themselves dram to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950's small-town Britain, their new secret can't say hidden forever.


  • Anna Paquin
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Gregor Selkirk
  • Kate Dickie
  • Emun Elliott
  • Rebecca Hanssen
  • Lauren Lyle
  • Scott Andrew
  • Lauren Annie Boyle
  • Ben Bradley

Did You Know?


  • Adapted from a novel by Fiona Shaw. However, the book's happy ending was changed to a more bittersweet ending in the movie.


    • Dr. Jean Markham: You should tell the bees your secrets. Then they won't fly away.
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May 2, 2019

But the handsomely-mounted period production has its rewards and the finale manages a nice messiness that undoes some of what’s trite and far-fetched that’s come before it.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
Apr 29, 2019

It’s hard to dislike this pleasant, earnest work.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 29, 2019

Tell It To The Bees can seem a little too respectable for its own good but there are moments of pain and heartbreak that rise to the surface, especially in a tense climax that puts the fates of several characters in the balance.

Metacritic review by Allan Hunter
Allan Hunter
Screen International