Beauty (Skoonheid)
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Beauty (Skoonheid)
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 surface seems to be an ordinary, happily married, and respectable citizen. But beneath the surface Francois seethes with resentment; as an Afrikaner, he distrusts and dislikes the blacks who have risen to political power since the end of apartheid, and while he's openly homophobic, he's sexually attracted to men and takes part in periodic group sex… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"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."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"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."
‑ , Film4
"This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa"
‑ Don Groves,
"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."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
"Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus."
‑ , This is London
"An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A striking yet erratic piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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