Skoonheid (Beauty)

Feature Film France South Africa 2011

François' life changes drastically when he meets Christian, the young, handsome son of a friend. Francois is a forty-year-old, well-off South African, who seems to have lost the capacity to feel. He goes to work every day, comes home to his family, and goes to church on Sundays. But behind this monotonous façade he hides a secret: he regularly goes to a farm where he has sex with other men like him. They share no affection or intimacy, only the mechanical and clinical pursuit of pleasure. This absolutely contradicts the contempt for gay and black people they express when they are in public. François falls in love with Christian and becomes obsessed with him. He is trapped in his own inability to feel, and has to deal with devastating, self-destructive feelings. This is a disturbing but measured film that, with its rigorous structure, tracks the "sick" point of view of the main character, and follows him to his ruin. South Africa entry for the 2012 Oscars.

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