...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.
| Original Score: 2/5
An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.
This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella.
Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots.
| Original Score: 3/5
A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa
Hermanus's Cannes-feted feature serves as a bold statement on the stereotypical Afrikaans male, now struggling to remain relevant in a post-apartheid South Africa.
| Original Score: 8/10
Beauty is a confronting work that succeeds as a study of a false life lived badly and as a reflection upon a society grasping at traditional views to its own detriment.
This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.
A striking yet erratic piece of work...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz.
Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger.
Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension.
Deon Lotz gives a career-making performance in this petty-bourgeois tragedy which boldly shows both the mundanity and brutality that can lurk behind the closed doors of the South African middle classes.
Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus.