NYT: All Ears on Screen: Music and Musicians Play Major Role at Toronto Festival
“…But music was also stealing the show in some less expected places. “The Secret Life of Bees,” a coming-of-age drama set against the civil rights struggles of 1964, turns out to be stitched together, emotionally speaking, with a cello.
Through much of the film, based on a novel by Sue Monk Kidd, the cello is in the hands of Alicia Keys, who joins Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo in taking under wing a badly damaged character played by Dakota Fanning. Spotting a lot of singers in that lineup, a reporter on Saturday morning asked them how the movies are like music, or not.”