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Oliver Hermanus
Country of origin and year
South Africa/France/Germany 2011
105 minutes
Rated 18 - Contains strong real sex and sexual violence
Cast: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott, Roeline Daneel, Albert Maritz.

Afrikaans and English with English subtitles

The first Afrikaans-language film to be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existence unravels. A chance encounter with Christian, the son of a long lost friend, ignites infatuation and lust within the unhappily married François, plunging him into a confusion of self-loathing, tinged with a desperation for happiness.

27-year-old South African director Oliver Hermanus has delivered a taut, seething character study, pulsing with pent up energy. Phrased in half-glimpsed gestures and led by the compelling Deon Lotz as the desperate François, Beauty is a forceful, measured portrayal of one man's tragic self-hatred and tormented masculinity.

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Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz. (view London, Matthew Turner)

Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus. Nor has there been a better performance in the central role than that of Deon Lotz as François, a gay husband and father fighting against his desire for the handsome son of a long-lost friend (Charlie Keegan, London Evening Standard)

Cannes 2011
Durban IFF 2011
New Horizons FF (Poland) 2011
Melbourne IFF (2011)
Toronto IFF (2011)
London IFF (2011)
IFF Rotterdam (2012)



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