For reasons that would spoil the plot, Beauty is definitely a disturbing film but our sympathy is always with Francois, even when he is making questionable and downright shocking decisions. Deon Lotz as Francois. Man With a Plan. The ending shot, following Francois’ POV as he leaves a downward-spiralling road, speaks volumes about all the things left unsaid. The shot holds on him till his breath returns to normal and his sweat subsides. Two men in a secluded cabin are haunted by their dead relationship. An ‘arthouse’ film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.

An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault. Oliver Hermanus , Didier Costet. Deon Lotz as Francois. I felt exactly the same when I saw it. While attending his daughter’s wedding, Francois sees Christian Charlie Keegan , the handsome twenty-something son of a longtime family friend, and he quickly becomes obsessed. However, South African film Beauty otherwise known as Skoonheid is something quite different, portraying an altogether more affecting, and even sinister, effect of later in life frustrations. Yet, under this detachment in Francois lies something that puts us on edge, although we cannot at once put our finger on it. View All Critic Reviews

Skoonheid (Beauty): A discussion

Usually they just follow some sort of mid-life crisis, where the principal character is ridiculed for synopss behaviour, or merely searching for something which is already present in his life.

August 4, at 4: August 4, at The Skoonueid Match A film set in South Africa, spoken in Afrikaans splattered with English, it is the story of aging, repressed sexuality festering in the combines of an underlying wave of racism in a country still trying to find its feet.


Jan 7, Rating: Despite the depressing and downbeat content, Beauty is massively important and, appropriately, brilliant cinema. Paulo, a beaury pianist, meets Ilir, a bartender and bass guitar player originally from Albania.

Skoonheid (Beauty): A discussion – The Bohemian

However, Francoise has a secret way to express himself; he actively participates in homosexual activity with men of a similar age. South Africa France Germany. Start your free trial. They go to a book signing together.

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Yet, under this detachment in Francois lies something that puts us on edge, although we cannot at once put our finger on it. Gilles and Sjnopsis are both mourning recent deaths. Sep 27, Rating: There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. You are commenting using your WordPress. Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach beaauty science in a country town. That people are finding it hard to watch a man beat up and rape another man is, I think, a good thing.

Watched it yesterday not knowing what it was about… The movie left me speechless, confused, horrified and curious.

There are probably many more to add to this already extensive list. It usually sounds so theatrical. Yes No Report this.

I may be wrong, but I can only recall two instances where he smiles in the film and both times, he is watching Christian. Two men in a secluded cabin are haunted by their dead relationship.


I skoonhrid be certain, but the rape seemed quite unsuccessful — in that, although Christian was violated in the most brutal sense, Francois was unable to maintain his lust and seemed simply to give up. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Edit Details Official Sites: We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account.

All we are left with is the gut knowledge that wherever Francois is going, it is no where good. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He asks Anika if she has spoken to Christian recently but when she beauhy no, beatuy shrugs and leaves. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Please click the link below to receive your verification email.

I felt exactly the same when I saw it. They’ve been virtually inseparable since college. Aside from the gratuitous and intrinsic ugliness of this film, I found the ending terribly disappointing and unfulfilling. This site uses cookies.