Beauty (Skoonheid)
Beauty (Skoonheid) (2011)

A man leading a double life finds his obsessions leading him in a dark, troubling direction in this drama from South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus. Francois (Deon Lotz) is a South African businessman in his mid-forties who on the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 27, 2013
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.

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Simon Foster
Screen-Space

Beauty is a confronting work that succeeds as a study of a false life lived badly and as a reflection upon a society grasping at traditional views to its own detriment.

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Film4

Deon Lotz gives a career-making performance in this petty-bourgeois tragedy which boldly shows both the mundanity and brutality that can lurk behind the closed doors of the South African middle classes.

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Jim Schembri
3AW

Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension.

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Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

Hermanus's Cannes-feted feature serves as a bold statement on the stereotypical Afrikaans male, now struggling to remain relevant in a post-apartheid South Africa.

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This is London

Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus.

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Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.

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Daniel Parsons
<i>Beauty</i> (aka <i>Skoonheid</i>) is a beguiling, disturbing masterpiece made with utmost skill and acted with sincerity. It concerns… More