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Beauty (2012)

 Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott  Deon Lotz , Oliver Hermanus  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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: #178,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative "Beauty" is gut wrenchingly dark & ugly 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Slow-Burn Thriller 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Intriguing Character Study of a Repressed Homophobe~ 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring then revolting 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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Beauty is a generally well-made movie about the ugly consequences of sexual repression in an intensely, violently homophobic society in South Africa (although it could just as well have been set in the United States or most other countries). The movie's few serious flaws—Deon Lotz is not believable as a gay man, even as a severely closeted and homophobic gay man; and Charlie Keegan is nowhere near the beauty the movie makes him out to be—in a way aren't really flaws at all, because those incongruities reinforce the fundamental impossibility of anything approaching health and sanity in such a perverted society. The true perverts are the homophobes, and this movie exposes them and portrays the hypocrisy, depravity and violence of their lives with great power and clarity.

The characters are bilingual; the movie's dialog is about 30% English and 70% Afrikaans, often switching back and forth several times within a single sentence. That would be okay if either both languages were subtitled (the best solution) or if the English were not spoken with a pronounced South African accent—but instead they chose to subtitle ONLY the words in Afrikaans.

Often I found myself wondering why the subtitles suddenly stopped in the middle of a sentence only to realize too late that they were speaking English now and I was supposed to know what they were saying. That's a big mistake. It would have cost them practically nothing to subtitle the English too, but they didn't. It became less of problem later in the movie just because I got used to it, but it never ceased to be a distraction. That's the main reason I deducted one star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie
Published 4 days ago by Patrick M Mulewski
4.0 out of 5 stars A harsh indictment of homophobia at its worst
A highly disturbing and ultimately violent story of a deeply closeted married man whose repressed sexuality leads to the devastating climax of the film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by robfranjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Predator
I don't know if I "love it" but it is a 5 star film that left me greatly disturbed by showing us an 'outstanding' citizen, family man, business man, who is in reality a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gary Lee Morrison
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
It so would figure that I start with watching a few Gay genre foreign films and end up seeing something like this. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie about a sociopath who happens to be gay
Francois is a closeted gay man -- not repressed since he engages in regular orgies with other closeted men. He is middle-aged and middle-class with a successful lumber business. Read more
Published 14 months ago by kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless
I see why this film won, some awards at a few festival. Now I see the difference between a Horror and a thriller mystery. Read more
Published 15 months ago by jhadee
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck, yuck, yuck!
What an awful movie! A married man, living a hidden homosexual life, admired by his best friend's son who calls him uncle, attempts to rape the handsome young man who trusted him... Read more
Published 15 months ago by BRIAN A. KRAEMER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent South African import
Superb movie. Dark subject matter presented brilliantly. The pace is perhaps a bit slow for the Twitter crowd but if one likes to really delve into film characters this is an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeffrey Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a film about rape!
This is a movie about male to male rape. I wish I had been forewarned about this fact, for I personally cannot handle watching one human rape another. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marcus Itoga
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad
interesting storky line to some degree would not recommend. Nothing else to say about film. Acting was not too convincing.
Published 18 months ago by Louis A.Veal Jr.
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