Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees ★★★½

A military software engineer starts listening to the voices he hears from the hive of Mespopatamian bees his grandfather left him, who send him on a mystical journey into death and rebirth. It's probably an experiment in what it's like to be inside a schizophrenic's head as he spins out deranged theories, but it's more fun to take the movie at face value and assume the bees really are alien intelligences in league with the dead. There were all kinds of wacky, colorful visual distortions in the second half that made it even stranger; unfortunately, they weren't intentional--it's just a sign my VCR is finally dying. Or maybe the bees had finally discovered video cassette recorders and were trying to send me a coded message....

Postscript: further research revealed that the author has made this available for free viewing under a Creative Commons license. I encourage interested parties to seek it out: vimeo.com/52306393

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