Beauty
Skoonheid
South Africa (ZA), 2011, 105 minutes, SD
Every family man has his secrets...
Beauty Synopsis

Francois lives a skillfully controlled, well managed life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Father of two daughters and a devoted husband, he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean and ordered existence.


Twenty-three-year-old Christian is the son of a long lost friend. By all accounts he is the personification of a handsome young man in the prime of his life. Francois is so disarmed by the young man that it instantly ignites within him an all consuming infatuation and misplaced lust.


Despite his careful concealed disgust for himself, Francois pours out the lost emotions he has despised all his life in what becomes a desperate attempt at taking from the world that which he has always secretly wanted: Happiness.




Won the Queer Palm and nominated for Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes Film Festival, 2011

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
Slow-moving psychological thriller that will leave viewers thinking and ultimately assessing their own convictions and judgement.  There are scenes that will surprise, shock and disgust viewers and as a whole... more
Slow-moving psychological thriller that will leave viewers thinking and ultimately assessing their own convictions and judgement.  There are scenes that will surprise, shock and disgust viewers and as a whole  it exposes the  hidden facets of human nature. A movie about obsession, sexual repression and self-loathing, among other things. Acting performances well delivered especially by Deon Lotz, his role as Francois was compelling; it's a character you will pity, loath and pity some more. Definitely a must-see! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
The actors gave impressive performances, no question about that, but it's the plot that I have an issue with. True, the movie speaks of universal truths, that which concerns homosexuality... more
The actors gave impressive performances, no question about that, but it's the plot that I have an issue with. True, the movie speaks of universal truths, that which concerns homosexuality and  being a closeted gay, but surely, sexual repression couldn't possibly lead to something so brutal and hideous as violating another human being? Secondly, no one in his right mind could violate someone familiar to him who has done nothing negative towards him unless, that person who violates is dealing with some kind of psychological/ mental illness. This film is indeed a rarity, in facing issues head-on, exposing human capabilities that border on absurdity but also giving hints of homophobia and racism.  Deon Lotz as Francois was commendable for handling the complex character. All in all, there were so many cobwebs in the viewers' mind while watching this film. Complex and very disquieting! 
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Reviewed by montybrando
Surprising, original and disturbing. This tale of obsession stands out from the rest thanks to a captivating central performance and a couple of narrative shocks on the way. Deon... more
Surprising, original and disturbing. This tale of obsession stands out from the rest thanks to a captivating central performance and a couple of narrative shocks on the way. Deon Lotz as Francois is a multi-dimensional, complicated character who you both despise and pity. A fascinating study on lust, jealousy and queer identity in South Africa.
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