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Beyond Hatred

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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In 2002, three French neofacist skinheads went to a public park in Rheims, looking for an Arab to attack when they came across Francios Chenu, a young gay man. When he refused to deny his homosexuality when taunted with gay slurs, he was viciously beaten and thrown unconscious into a pond, where he drowned. In this deepky moving, award-winning documentary, Chenu's family reflects on the murder of their 29-year-old son and courageously tries to move beyond feelings of hate and revenge. Filmed in classic verite style, without unecessary exposition or narration and in a non-sensationalist manner, Beyond Hatred explores the social and pyschological roots of homophobia and similar hate crimes, and demonstrates the emotional maturity that enables the rare human quality of forgiveness.

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Powerful, emotionallly intense. Simply but boldly constructed....loaded with tension. --The BBC

Flawlessly directed...powerful without being preachy. --SF Indiefest

Emotional yet straightforward, it leaves you not with a sense of grief for what happened, but with a sense of hope in humanity. --OnMilwaukee.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marie-Cecile Chenu, Jean-Paul Chenu
  • Directors: Olivier Meyrou
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014T8CCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although this somber documentary, and considering it's subject matter it should be somber, lacks any great cinematic achievement, it still left me with tears running down my face because of the needless suffering of Francois and his family's devastation. I was even moved by the aunt of one of the skinhead perpetrators who knew the horrific circummstances underwhich her nephew was raised and caused this violent , homophobic act.

This is another reminder that we simply cannot allow the revisionist history of Nazi aplogists and their atrocities to fade away, because it still has consequences decades later on how we view and treat people who do not fit the standard mold. I congratulate the filmakers for keeping prejudice and intolerance in the consciousness of the new generations coming after us.
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The film is not at all typical of the portrayal of violence on American television or in most documentaries on related subjects.

It is a film about randomness and violence and the honest divide between event and comprehension. It is a unique and refreshingly "unsatisfying" mapping of the hurt and the destruction a random act of terror causes.
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Sad reality of hate good movie
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It is incredibly easy to praise a documentary based entirely on the subject matter or story it covers, and it is done far too often. The crime against Francois Chenu in 2002 was horrific and tragic, but this is irrelevant when evaluating the quality of Beyond Hatred as a film. The first thing you notice upon watching this work is that the French love to smoke; there is hardly a scene with at least one person with a cigarette in hand, and Marlboro seems to be the brand of choice.The fact that I was noticing this pointless detail illustrates the sheer failure of this movie as a quality documentary. Olivier Meyrou spends 90 minutes explaining to the viewer that getting punched in the face hurts. Basically, the average human being understands that losing a son is tragic for the parents; losing a brother is tragic for the siblings; losing a family member to a violent crime scars you for life. These are things we do not need explained to us, and documentarians cheat by relying on this approach to pad their otherwise meaningless films. In the end, your learn nothing from watching Beyond Hatred. There is a 60 second scene of the victim's sister standing under a shower, inert and taciturn. What does this accomplish? Will the audience fail to grasp the tragedy she has experienced without this scene? There is no talent behind the making of this movie; even worse, there is no point to this movie besides the exploitation of a family's grief in the name of art. I actually like the style used here; I am not impressed by the pseudo journalism used in American melodramatic television tabloids, like Dateline and its cronies. But the minimalistic style cannot overcome the lack of skill by Meyrou. People fear criticizing these documentaries, lest they be accused of demeaning the subject matter, in this case a hate crime. Sadly, no bigger insult can be cast upon the issues than making irrelevant movies about them. Beyond Hatred is, simply put, beyond pointless.
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