About the Movie
Provocative and haunting, this powerful sophomore effort from Oliver Hermanus is an intimately intense portrayal of man's inner demons. Francois (Deon Lotz) is a dutiful husband and father but finds himself going through the motions of a loveless marriage while harboring a life-long secret. His sexual urges rise to the surface around a charming family friend, Christian (Charlie Keegan). François soon embarks on a dark, unwavering journey of obsession that leads to a shocking and graphic conclusion.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.
Fresh: Hermanus's Cannes-feted feature serves as a bold statement on the stereotypical Afrikaans male, now struggling to remain relevant in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Fresh: Deon Lotz gives a career-making performance in this petty-bourgeois tragedy which boldly shows both the mundanity and brutality that can lurk behind the closed doors of the South African middle classes.
Rotten: An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.
Not just a story of obsession..
Beauty (Skooheid) is a story not only of obsession but the need for possession. While some may argue about the chilling climax, how else to illustrate how far that need can go. Director Hermanus' use of long shots and lingering, even awkward moments in each scene brings you intimately into the world of Francois. Affecting and multi-layered, this is a film to be experienced.