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



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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 20, 2008
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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
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Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007
AV Club
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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
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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
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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
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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
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