Hive is a solid-enough ode to Kosovo’s grieving women but lacks unique flair.
“As it stands in this execution, the ajvar half of the film’s narrative feels more than a little undercooked and disconnected, a way for Basholli to try and put off resolving the emotional maelstrom Fahrije feels towards her missing husband. Admittedly, that’s kind of exactly what Fahrije does in-film which is fitting, but means that the two thematic tracks don’t fully flow in the intended manner. We’re ultimately following the narrative beats and pacing one would expect in a movie like this without a lot of flair designed to offset that ‘international film festival cred’ sensation, although a quietly sensational final scene successfully pulls things back across the cynicism line at the last moment. Right up to the end, Gashi’s soulful performance keeps Hive powering along.”