A young man is sent to live and study with a religious order when his father takes a young bride. When the son helps one of the noble knights at the order escape, he is expelled from the institution. His friends help the young man escape as well, and he takes over as his stepmother's lover when his father dies. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
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A masterpiece. I do not use the term lightly. 2001 is a masterpeice. Vertigo is a masterpiece. The Seven Samurai is a masterpiece. I read a review (before watching this movie) on the IMDb about this film likening it to--and I quote--"the best of Kurosawa, Rivette, Bergman, Angelopoulos." I did not believe it; however, after watching this movie I agree. This is the best "overlooked" film I have EVER seen. The composition is that of a master. Each shot is carefully directed, and it is clear Vlacil knew what he was doing behind the camera. The story is also magnificent, an epic, at a mere 95 minutes. The climax and denoument will have you on the edge of your seat. The story muses on faith, regret, faithfulness, love, and does so to the satisfaction of the viewer. And by the way, Vlacil's film, Marketa Lazarova, is (apparently) considered the greatest Czech film ever, so Valley of the Bees is only his second best film! My only complaint is the DVD print is poor.