The first Irish film by cinematographer and director Patrick Carey celebrates the landscape of William Yeats’ poetry through stunning photography, narrated by Tom St. John Barry. Evocative images of the west of Ireland illustrate the poet’s life including Thoor Ballylee Castle where he lived, Coole Park, home of Lady Gregory where literary figures of the period socialised, Lissadell House, Knocknarea Mountain, the slopes of Ben Bulben, the waterfall at Glencar and finally Yeats’ grave at Drumcliffe.
With the ambition to start a boutique overseas but without the means to do so, Nathalie finds herself in a desperate situation, where she would do anything to acquire what she needs. Along with her boyfriend, Eric, and his friend Bruno, she concocts a plan where she seduces clueless men and accompanies them to their places, then allows Eric and Bruno to break in. But the three soon encounter trouble after one of their schemes ends in murder.
The daydreams of a provincial Italian husband just before his solo trip to Sweden provide the basis of this comedy. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but that is when all the fun begins.
As in the novel of the same title from Camilo Jose Cela, “La Colmena” is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1942, just the postwar of the Spanish civil war. The main theme of the film is the contrast between the poets, surviving close to misery under the Franco’s regime, and the winners of the war, the emerging class of the people that makes easy money with illegal business.