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Beauty (Skoonheid) DVD

Dean Lotz , Charlie Keegan , Oliver Hermanus    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dean Lotz, Charlie Keegan
  • Directors: Oliver Hermanus
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Afrikaans
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,262 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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François (Dean Lotz) lives a skilfully controlled, well managed family life, in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

He is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean and ordered existence. 23-year-old Christian (Charlie Keegan) 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. François is so disarmed by the young man that it instantly ignites within him an all consuming infatuation and misplaced lust.

Extras: Interview with director Oliver Hermanus.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Bengali ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: François (Deon Lotz) is a South African man in his forties who lives an apparently happy life. He's openly racist and homophobic, but at the same time he's sexually attracted to men and has periodic sex encounters with other white, married men. During his daughter's wedding, he meets Christian (Charlie Keegan), a handsome young man and quickly becomes obsessed with him. François starts chasing Christian, learning everything he can about him. Eventually, his attraction for the young guy turns into hatred, that seems poised to explode into violence. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Beauty (2011) ( Skoonheid ) ( Omorfia )

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `I can resist anything except temptation' 11 Oct 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a South African story about a middle aged, family man Francois (Deon Lotz). He has a wife and two daughters and a successful lumber firm, at one of his daughter's weddings he is reunited with an old friend and business acquaintance who has brought his 23 year old son along. This is Christian (Charlie Keegan -`The Sinking of the Laconia') and he has charm, wit and matinee idol good looks `to die for'.

The thin veneer of familial bliss is soon seen to be cracking with casual racism, homophobia, an unfaithful wife and children who lie. Also daddy isn't exactly what he seems to be as he goes to bear type all men swingers groups. Needles to say he is not gay, but he soon becomes smitten with Christian. But Christian lives in Cape Town and Francois is in Bloemfontein which is a fair old drive. Undeterred he invents an excuse to go to Cape Town where he will orchestrate a meeting to go to the next level. Well as Oscar Wilde famously said, `there is only one thing worse than unrequited love.....and that is when it is requited'.

Beauty or `Skoonheid' to give it its original title is an art house film in many ways. It is both cleverly and artistically shot, the acting is outstanding and the music is understated but works almost subliminally. The pace will be a bit slow for some, but that reflects the narrative which is hardly planned from the players perspective either.

There are some bedroom action bits but not in the least frequent but there are some scenes that will be upsetting to some, this is most definitely not a feel good movie. It was South Africa's best foreign language film entry to the 84th Academy awards, so by all accounts there is a lot to merit attention here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars impressive filmmaking 14 Oct 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I've had to watch Beauty twice to feel I've more or less understood it, but this is not because it is unduly obscure; rather, it has a certain pared-down quality and fairly little dialogue, leaving a lot to the admirable Deon Lotz (as Francois) to convey simply through his expressions. Some of the most revealing moments come when he is in his car, as if it is only in such periods of isolation that he has some sense of the truth about himself. As a middle-aged married man, he manages to express his homosexual desires in secret group meetings with other married men, but when he falls for the 23-year-old son of an old friend from the airforce he is no longer able to keep this precarious balance and goes dangerously awry. To watch this happening is quite unsettling, and it is blended with other social observations suggesting the homophobia of his social milieu in South African society and also a degree of racism, although both remain somewhat nebulous. In other ways the film plays a bit like Death in Venice, but it could hardly be more different in terms of the contact he has with the object of his obsession in the end which has quite a shocking thwack. The film keeps the main character as the sole focus right to the final credits and does not deal with legal repercussions or tie anything up. A scene near the end reminded me strongly of the last scene in Michael Haneke's Hidden - a wide shot with many characters, where you scrutinise the image to find what matters! At other moments it feels as if the camera has been left on at the end of a scene by mistake, and the widescreen format leads to some interesting topping and tailing of characters that does seem to serve some expressive purpose. It is quite a fierce film, by no means easy to watch, and with a very flawed main character. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nasty aftertaste 18 Mar 2014
A rather grim film, it moves along slowly, that in itself is fine for me but I found myself at the end thinking what was the point of this. It leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. I kept thinking why would anyone want to make this nasty film?
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5.0 out of 5 stars repression turns to anger 29 May 2013
By cartoon
I know very very little about south African cinema but found this film a real treat. It is slow paced , visual and only tells you about the characters what it wants . How I love world cinema when it dares to tease its audience . This isn't a loud coming out love triumphs gay movie and I can imagine a much wider audience say those who enjoy Danish cinema , if it wasn't just classified because of this [ amazon does love a pigeon hole] . This is an africaans version of death in venice but because of the more masculine violence society a much more brutal ending . I did find some of the English hard to hear and also the ending is one to leave you hanging rather than satisfy . For those those like to think along side their late night movie . A rather forgotten classic .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Repressed desires 17 Mar 2013
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A film about a middle aged white mans racism, hide homosexuality and repressed desires in actual South Africa. A serious approach to the complexed mentality of a man having a life far from his own nature in a middle class environment. He is married, has a daughter, with who he keep a distant and conservative father daughter relationship. His intimated bed life with his wife is non existing and this origins a tension that he tackle with indifference or will not confront at all, just for maintain his status as a respected man of family. He can keep his homosexual desires under siege thanks secret sexual meetings with other men in his predicament. Well, he seems to have control over almost everything so far until that young, handsome man can into his life. He is the son of his best friend, he a promising young lawyer attending a party in our main characters house. This movie reminds me about Death in Venice... Older man with perfect and respectable petit bourgeois life falling in love and desire for younger guy with all the consequences this situation may bring for him. I saw another movie, italian, about the same theme David's Birthday. In both films I recognise the implicit repression in social boundaries and moral conventions that rule our lives and the tensions and frustration they can produce when nature is pointing in the contrary direction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly average
I'm sure the story was great but only having about 5% of the dialogue in English was not good.
Having to read subtitites was a distraction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey R Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly horrific experience
I liked this film. But I do not expect everyone too. It starts off harmless enough but the scene before the end is scarring. Still worth watching but be warned!!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak story
The film outlines the problems faced by a frustrated and closeted man whose internal landscape is embittered by conforming to rigid social upbringing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul Urquhart
4.0 out of 5 stars The ugly consequences of repressed sexuality, with half-baked...
Beauty is a generally well-made movie about the ugly consequences of sexual repression in an intensely, violently homophobic society in South Africa (although it could just as well... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
I'm sure many people would find this very slow and maybe even give up before the end but I was totally engrossed from beginning to end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Death in Venice on the Veld
This is an interesting film in the annals of South-African filmmaking since, to date, it is only the second film from that country to be accepted for viewing at the Cannes Film... Read more
Published 18 months ago by George Redelinghuys
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