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Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine) Reviews

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Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

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 Source: european-films.net

April 25, 2006
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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 Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

May 31, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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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 Source: Village Voice

June 13, 2007
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

June 13, 2007
Steve Rose
Guardian

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

March 31, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

June 29, 2009
John Anderson
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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An example of a film whose style doesn't merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2007
Ben Walters
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

October 30, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007

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 Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2007
Tom Dawson
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2007
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Movingly accompanies the family of Francois Chenu, a gay man murdered by three skinheads in 2002, down the road to forgiveness.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 25, 2006
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 15, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

June 16, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

June 16, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 25, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
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