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.
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.