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  • Actors:  Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott  Deon Lotz
  • Directors: Oliver Hermanus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IV4ODS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Provocative and haunting, this powerful sophomore effort from Oliver Hermanus is an intimately intense portrayal of man's inner demons. Francois (Deon Lotz) is a dutiful husband and father but finds himself going through the motions of a loveless marriage while harboring a life-long secret. His sexual urges rise to the surface around a charming family friend, Christian (Charlie Keegan). Francois soon embarks on a dark, unwavering journey of obsession that leads to a shocking and graphic conclusion. Winner of the prestigious Queer Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Beauty is affecting, compelling and intense - a true must-see.

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The viewer understands this man and why he behaves the way he does.
Jeffrey Martin
And now, for your edification, let's take that ugly word apart, one letter at a time: -- B: - As in Old "BOYS" Club.
The acting was superb but the story unfolded at a most tedious pace.
Peter M

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By cinephile on July 26, 2012
Format: DVD
Oliver Hermanus wonderfully crafted "Beauty" was South Africa's submission to the Academy Awards as well as 2011 Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival Nominee and a Cannes award winner. This is a tale of repressed turmoil that slowly creep ups to the viewer. A very capable Deon Lotz plays François in an excellent performance filled with subtle anger, rage, jealousy and obsession. These feeling progressively take their toll on the unsuspecting Christian, brilliantly portrayed by Charlie Keegan with a devastating innocence and magnetic charm that will keep audiences disturbed long after experiencing this film.

Family man Francois van Heerden is a haven of many secrets. Secrets that deteriorate as well as rot the insides. In his endurance of life's test and family matters, François is able to keep an expected straight face in his daily dealings as he slowly asphyxiates for attention from his daughter's mate Christian. Christian, on the other hand, not only regards Francois as an elderly figure worthy of respect due to friendship ties with his father but refers to him as "uncle", an adoptive role soon to be tested by an ever raging need to relate in highly improbable ways unbeknown to an oblivious Christian . However, we get the sense that Christian honestly looked up to Francois as an additional father figure source.

The platonic dealings slowly eats away at Francois as he repeatedly insists Christian refer to him by his name in order to detract from the connecting familiar upbringing which seems to awkwardly remind Francois to hold back on his planned intentions. Effective scheming leads to the an extremely troubling conclusion based on a number of deliberate choices and sequential actions meant to pander to the vile objectives to be executed.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rochester Richie on September 7, 2012
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In the stylistic tradition of Michael Haneke, this top notch, thought-provoking drama/thriller looks at a fortysomething repressed homosexual (with an unloved wife and a grown daughter) whose carefully controlled double life begins to unravel when he develops an obsession about an old friend's grown son. While people from South Africa (the film's origin and setting) will appreciate the film more than others--as, it seems, a reflection on a generation of white bigots whose worldview leaves them trapped in the past--anyone with a taste for tense psychological drama (and a stomach for a couple of shocking scenes) can appreciate this distinguished work. There are some (likely unintended) confusing bits, as well as some (likely intended) ambiguities and unresolved elements, but nothing so problematic that I can't recommend this as one of the most haunting films I've seen in the last two or three years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LuKasAV6 on November 3, 2012
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Excellent reviews have already been written, but I had to add my two cents about 'Beauty'. The dangers of repression are brilliantly examined in this searing drama, one of the most disturbing films I've seen in a while. Deon Lotz gives a fearless performance as Francois, a seemingly happily married, well-admired businessman with two daughters. However, not only is he in a loveless marriage and shows no affection toward his wife, he's a closeted gay man filled with self-hatred who is neither enlightened nor heroic during the course of the film. To top it off, he's a racist also. This will turn many viewers off, but actually it's a reflection of a number of hate-filled men. In fact, what made the movie so haunting is that I recognize Francois in a number of men I know casually and personally.

From the very beginning of the film, it is obvious that Francois is obsessed with Christian (played with a steady happy-go-lucky focus by Charlie Keegan) who is both the boyfriend of one of Francois's daughters and his best friend's son. This obsession sends Francois spiraling out of control and leads to an event that I did not see coming. I won't give anything else away, but I highly recommend this movie for fans of excellent, thought-provoking character studies that aren't wrapped with a bow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Go on October 15, 2013
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I see a lot of reviewers liked this film. For me, the first hour and twenty minutes were painfully boring, some of the slowest moving scenes I've witnessed in film. Then there are ten minutes of revolting brutality. At the end there is one meaningful minute, but it's hardly worth enduring the rest of the film just for that. Finally, what little plot line the film possesses remains unresolved. I was going to recommend skipping this one, but since it has so many positive reviews, I suppose I'll just say if you find the first half hour boring like I did, probably you will want to stop watching. It doesn't get any better. I thought another negative review was needed (although I see they're all getting a bunch of not helpful votes) because I did find this film extremely tedious.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a South African story about a middle aged, family man Francois (Deon Lotz). He has a wife and two daughters and a successful lumber firm, at one of his daughter's weddings he is reunited with an old friend and business acquaintance who has brought his 23 year old son along. This is Christian (Charlie Keegan -`The Sinking of the Laconia') and he has charm, wit and matinee idol good looks `to die for'.

The thin veneer of familial bliss is soon seen to be cracking with casual racism, homophobia, an unfaithful wife and children who lie. Also daddy isn't exactly what he seems to be as he goes to bear type all men swingers groups. Needles to say he is not gay, but he soon becomes smitten with Christian. But Christian lives in Cape Town and Francois is in Bloemfontein which is a fair old drive. Undeterred he invents an excuse to go to Cape Town where he will orchestrate a meeting to go to the next level. Well as Oscar Wilde famously said, `there is only one thing worse than unrequited love.....and that is when it is requited'.

Beauty or `Skoonheid' to give it its original title is an art house film in many ways. It is both cleverly and artistically shot, the acting is outstanding and the music is understated but works almost subliminally. The pace will be a bit slow for some, but that reflects the narrative which is hardly planned from the players perspective either.

There are some bedroom action bits but not in the least frequent but there are some scenes that will be upsetting to some, this is most definitely not a feel good movie. It was South Africa's best foreign language film entry to the 84th Academy awards, so by all accounts there is a lot to merit attention here.
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