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2. Anyway: ... I finally got to watch the real "BEAUTY" ... - as expected: IT'S A VERY TOUGH ONE. - - - the story has been told a couple times in the reviews: ... married gay CLOSETED handyman/business man hits mid-life crisis in all it's complex ugliness and goes after what he really wants - with FULL FORCE, only to end up feeling even more lost, ugly and remorse, and most likely destroying the BEAUTY he hoped to attract. Very strong acting from both male characters. ...
Love & attraction have to be MUTUAL, based on a balanced Give&Take. Or, things might turn very ugly - as in this movie.
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.
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.Read more ›
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he is a marries man with a kid. gets off on other men. stalks one and rapes him violently.
well. so wuchu gonnadoo
I hate the fact et the end he got away for what he did and I know it shows how these old men get to these young guys but still he shoulda been killed or in jail cause I was pissed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow, this has some disturbing scenes, definitely kept my attention, but some folks can really be messed up emotionally!Published 9 months ago by John L
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. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Go
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 morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Gary Lee Morrison
It so would figure that I start with watching a few Gay genre foreign films and end up seeing something like this. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Rob