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Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine)

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

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Critic Reviews: 7
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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.

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

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An example of a film whose style doesn't merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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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.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A documentary that celebrates a cathartic act of forgiveness and reconciliation by a grieving family whose gay son was brutally murdered.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com

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.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: european-films.net
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