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Beauty

3.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IV4ODS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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A highly disturbing and ultimately violent story of a deeply closeted married man whose repressed sexuality leads to the devastating climax of the film. A wonderful, no-holds-barred, riveting performance by lead actor Deon Lotz and fine supporting work by Charlie Keegan, especially in the shattering climax. The sound track is mostly in Afrikaans but occasionally switches to English which can be distracting at times. This film is not for the faint-hearted or squeamish but it is an important work.
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1. ... I added this film to my collection Mid of 2013 from Ware House Inc - "used in good condition" ... and just got to watching it. WHAT A SURPRISE ... - the cover is "BEAUTY" - even the CD-label is "BEAUTY" - but the movie on the disc is ... - something TOTALLY different. And, at closer inspection: the CD is imprinted as shown in the subject line. This is one of the best CD-Production-Mess-Ups ever. Imagine I would have invited some friends over, and ... let's watch this. 'Am I the only lucky winner of this MESS ???

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.
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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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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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