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Beyond Hatred [2006] [DVD]

Olivier Meyrou    Exempt   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product details

  • Directors: Olivier Meyrou
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000NDEOH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,609 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

on 13th September 2002, a radically motivated murder was committed in reims, France. Three skinheads hid in a park with the intention of "doing an Arab". Instead they came across Francois Chenu, a self-assured gay man who refused to be intimidated by the thugs. he was beaten unconcious and his body thrown into a nearby pond where he drowned. The murderers were quickly apprehended by the police and brought to trial in a lengthy court case which became a 'cause celebre' in the media. Olivier Meyrou documents the trial and subsequent repercussions on the family and how their feelings changed from initial rage towards foregiveness. This is a universal film about love and hatred, tolerance and intolerance and, above all the humand spirit.


"Brilliant Documentary" --Financial Times

"Utterly absorbing . . . Profoundly moving film" --Sight & Sound

"One of the Documentaries of the Year" --Roger Clark - The Independent

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Title: Light content 13 Feb 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is disappointing to end up with a film (about a very tragic murder) which lets you down at the end: you would expect to see the faces of the killers - in real live shots, or even in a photo. This would have closed the search. Full Stop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Though others found this film disappointing or "boring", I personally found this film deeply disturbing and haunting. 22 Feb 2014
By Carlton Chase - Published on
The film is not at all typical of the portrayal of violence on American television or in most documentaries on related subjects.

It is a film about randomness and violence and the honest divide between event and comprehension. It is a unique and refreshingly "unsatisfying" mapping of the hurt and the destruction a random act of terror causes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 22 Jan 2010
By M De Sade - Published on
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i bought this dvd thinking i would get to see something of the killers backgrounds but instead i got a boring viewpoint coming from the victims parents. i thought perhaps the court scene might do some justice but i got zilch. don't waste your money on this crap.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Boring 18 Jun 2010
By TelegramSam - Published on
Highly recommended... for insomniacs. How a film could be this dull with such compelling subject matter is quite a feat. I quite literally fell asleep about a half hour into the proceedings and had to come back and finish it later. The first 30 minutes were so tedious I was itching to scan ahead. Lethargic non-direction filmed in "classic verite style" (bah!) is pretentious to say the least. Stationary camera focused on uninteresting people talking about uninteresting things doesn't always make an artistic statement. Family seems void of emotion, talking about the victim as if he were someone they had read about not someone related and at times it felt rehearsed, they do smoke a lot though. I've heard of forgive and forget but these are pod people - zombiefied! It's astounding this film boasts to be winner of Best Documentary at Berlin Film Festival and winner of Special Prize at Sarasota Film Festival. I award it the Grand Prize in "How Not To Make a Crime Documentary" for it excels in that category. I kept thinking how much better this would have been had a director like Errol Morris had a hand in it. Long passage of narrative with stationary camera which seem to be time lapsed are not understated but incredibly dull. In the hands of a master like Morris a whole new effect might be obtained. Seriously, I cannot believe the reviews on this thing... maybe we're talking about different films. Possibly the worse document about a crime and its aftermath I have ever seen. Give me Andy Warhol's "Sleep" or "Empire" next time I want to take a nap. And yes, the ad work and case are misleading on this; shots of folks just sitting around a table puffing on cigs would be more appropriate for the cover art.
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