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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 25, 2007
Absorbingly covers the 2002 murder in Reims, France, of 29-year-old homosexual François Chenu.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 16, 2007
Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.
| Original Score: B
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
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
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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
Chris Barsanti
June 14, 2007
It all has a cumulatively lulling effect, if a nightmare could ever be described so.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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.
Anton Bitel
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Steve Rose
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
Tom Dawson
Total Film
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
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
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
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 30, 2006
Exemplifies the finest French traditions of dignified rationalism in the pursuit of understanding - in both personal and judicial contexts.
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Leslie Felperin
April 25, 2006
Movingly accompanies the family of Francois Chenu, a gay man murdered by three skinheads in 2002, down the road to forgiveness.
Harvey S. Karten
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
Boyd van Hoeij
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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