The Valley of the Bees is a High Middle Ages film directed by Frantiek Vláčil. It is about a boy Ondrej who grows to manhood in a harsh religious order, where, with a hint of homoerotic tension, a Teutonic knight and veteran of the crusades becomes his mentor.
The Valley of the Bees provides examples of:
- Badass: Armin
- Bookends: The fil starts with Ondřej coming to the Order and ends with his return.
- Downer Ending: Lenora is muredered by Armin who is then exected and Ondřej returns to the Order.
- Fed to the Beast: Rotgier and later Armin are thrown to dogs who kill them.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Armin and Ondřej
- Historical Fiction: fictional story set in 13th century.
- Mentor Archetype: Armin to Ondřej.
- Moment of Weakness: Armin gets one due to his thirst.
- Spiritual Successor: The film is considered a part of Vláčil's medieval trilogy along with 'The Devil's Trap and Marketa Lazarová''
- Villain Protagonist: If we consider Armin as the second protagonist rather than antagonist. Yet his role as a villain is also questionable
- Widowed at the Wedding: Happens to Ondřej in the end.