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Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine) Reviews

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June 29, 2009
A documentary that celebrates a cathartic act of forgiveness and reconciliation by a grieving family whose gay son was brutally murdered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 25, 2007
Absorbingly covers the 2002 murder in Reims, France, of 29-year-old homosexual François Chenu.
June 16, 2007
Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 5/6
June 15, 2007
An example of a film whose style doesn't merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2007
Through a series of interviews, we see the effect inexplicable hatred and murder has on an ordinary family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 14, 2007
It all has a cumulatively lulling effect, if a nightmare could ever be described so.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 13, 2007
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
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 | Original Score: 5/5
June 1, 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 | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2007
It's unlikely to appeal to your mainstream moviegoer, but this French documentary achieves remarkable things with a depressing subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2006
Exemplifies the finest French traditions of dignified rationalism in the pursuit of understanding - in both personal and judicial contexts.
April 25, 2006
Movingly accompanies the family of Francois Chenu, a gay man murdered by three skinheads in 2002, down the road to forgiveness.
May 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
April 25, 2006
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.
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