Beauty (France, Germany, South Africa, 2011)

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  • Beauty (France, Germany, South Africa, 2011)
  • Sally Luff
  • April 4, 2016

Premiering at the Cannes film Festival 2012 and winning the Queer Palme Award, this South African film is an acclaimed study of bigotry and sexual oppression. Fran√ßois (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 regular sex encounters with other white, married men. At his daughter’s wedding, he meets Christian (Charlie Keegan), a handsome young man, and quickly becomes obsessed with him. Fran√ßois 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.

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