Beauty (Skoonheid) Reviews

January 8, 2019
A skilfully-made romantic tragedy which weighs far more heavily towards the darker side-effects of physical attraction than it does towards the comfortable love stories we're so often presented with.
November 6, 2018
Arguably one of South Africa's greatest films, this is a work so emotionally wrenching that it will dwell with you for years to come.
July 19, 2017
Beauty frustrates and disturbs in equal measures.
September 27, 2012
...Beauty is my least favourite type of film. An 'arthouse' film with a repulsive protagonist, Beauty is slow and, eventually, vile.
August 5, 2012
Director Oliver Hermanus values quiet, naturalistic scenes of domestic life to build considerable emotional tensions in this finely nuanced film.
July 30, 2012
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.
June 8, 2012
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.
April 22, 2012
This is Death in Venice African-style, though lacking the reticence and resonance of Mann's novella.
April 20, 2012
Few more truthful-seeming dramas about sexual repression have appeared in recent years than this one from Oliver Hermanus.
April 20, 2012
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.
April 19, 2012
Lotz gives the story a tragic dimension.
April 19, 2012
An atmospheric downer about a repressed homosexual Afrikaner committing a staggeringly brutal sexual assault.
April 19, 2012
This queered state of a nation is tense, quietly sad and yes, beautiful.
April 19, 2012
April 18, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a haunting, shocking and emotionally powerful drama with a terrific central performance from Deon Lotz.
April 15, 2012
Despite that title, there's an ugly power to this study of obsession and anger.
April 9, 2012
Lotz tortured expression carries the film, silently falling apart in an artful series of lingering pans and excruciating static shots.
November 2, 2011
A confronting tale of an angry, repressed white male in modern South Africa
September 16, 2011
A striking yet erratic piece of work...