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Beauty (18)


Tells the story of Francois van Heerden, a mid-40s, white, Afrikaans-speaking family man living in Bloemfontein, who has become devoid of any care or concern for his own measure of happiness, and so convinced of his ill-fated existence, that he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean, controlled life.

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The critical consensus

Alas, the film’s intense subtlety ends up pulling too many punches.

***(*)(*)Paul Bradshaw, Total Film, 09/04/2012

This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful.

Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 19/04/2012

Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 16/04/2012

Deon Lotz gives a ferociously powerful central performance in this tragic South African movie.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/04/2012

This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella. Presumably it's commenting on an emotionally distorted society that needs to get its house in order.

Philip French, The Observer, 22/04/2012

Not an easy watch, and it only becomes more disturbing as it goes along.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 10/05/2012

A hard-hitting look at the Afrikaner psyche that, intriguingly, avoids matters of racial integration.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 10/05/2012

Beauty (18)

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday May 11, 2012, until Sunday May 13, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Monday May 14, 2012, until Thursday May 17, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday May 25, 2012, until Tuesday May 29, 2012. More info:

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