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Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine) (2007)

Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine)


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 1,666



Movie Info

After their gay son, François Chenu, is beaten to death by 3 skinheads, a close-knit French family tries to move toward understanding and even forgiveness so that their fight for tolerance and respect for others can continue. Director Olivier Meyrou crafts this devestating documentary in classic verité style, allowing an immensely cathartic story to unfold at its own pace without unnecessary exposition or narration.

Documentary , Art House & International , Special Interest
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In Theaters:
May 20, 2008
First Run Features


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Critic Reviews for Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Director Olivier Meyrou takes a potently oblique vérité approach, and his remarkable level of access reveals the limitations and equivocal mercies of human understanding with uncommon grace.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

An example of a film whose style doesn't merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Paced like a drama, imbued with a spellbinding intimacy, and impressionistic in its visual portrayal of crime and punishment, it follows the 2002 murder of Francois Chenu, a gay man beaten by Nazi skinheads and left to drown in a nearby pond in Reims.

Full Review… | June 14, 2007
Top Critic

Thankfully, Meyrou's intent isn't to launch a predictable crusade against homophobia itself, but to quietly understand the factors that molded this young trio into senseless killers.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Exemplifies the finest French traditions of dignified rationalism in the pursuit of understanding - in both personal and judicial contexts.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A documentary that celebrates a cathartic act of forgiveness and reconciliation by a grieving family whose gay son was brutally murdered.

Full Review… | June 29, 2009
Spirituality and Practice

Absorbingly covers the 2002 murder in Reims, France, of 29-year-old homosexual François Chenu.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
Film Journal International

Through a series of interviews, we see the effect inexplicable hatred and murder has on an ordinary family.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It all has a cumulatively lulling effect, if a nightmare could ever be described so.

Full Review… | June 14, 2007

a contemplative, almost poetic examination of the proper workings of justice, and an exemplary depiction of a ruined family rebuilt on the foundations of its own humanistic values.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

Olivier Meyrou may keep his distance from his subjects, but staying out of their way doesn't mean losing sight of their troubles.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
Slant Magazine

While the documentary is well intended, that of parents' willingness to forgive three punks for murdering their son, the direction is uncreative and dull.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007

It's unlikely to appeal to your mainstream moviegoer, but this French documentary achieves remarkable things with a depressing subject.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007

Meyrou's suitably sombre film leaves you with a sense of enormous respect for a couple refusing to be consumed by hatred, prepared instead to offer their forgiveness.

Full Review… | March 27, 2007
Total Film

This deeply moving account of a French family's response to a needless tragedy is all the more effective as it eschews the sensationalism of so much modern reportage.

Full Review… | March 27, 2007
Empire Magazine

The settings are mundane, but the exchanges are emotionally raw and so neatly convey both the drama and the grinding daily routine of having to cope with tragedy.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007

Au-delà de la haine is perhaps best used as a case study in psychology schools, because it is too convoluted to really make much sense for the general public.

Full Review… | April 25, 2006

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