Beauty (2011)
"Skoonheid" (original title)

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Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
François van Heerden
Charlie Keegan ...
Christian Roodt
Michelle Scott ...
Elena van Heerden
Albert Maritz ...
Willem Roodt
Sue Diepeveen ...
Marika Roodt
Roeline Daneel ...
Anika van Heerden
Drikus Volschenk ...
Cliff Engel
Morne Visser ...
Leon Kruger ...
Robin Smith ...
Jeroen Kranenburg ...
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ...
Linda van Heerden
Jan Hendrik Opperman ...
Stefan - Groom
Marion Holm ...
Distant Aunt
Shaun Rossouw ...
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Tells the story of Francois van Heerden, a mid-40s, white, Afrikaans-speaking family man living in Bloemfontein, who has become devoid of any care or concern for his own measure of happiness, so convinced of his ill-fated existence, that he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean, controlled life. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 August 2011 (South Africa)  »

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Beauty  »

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2.35 : 1
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Francois mentions that his friends have driven a long way to come to his daughter's wedding, all the way from Capetown, South Africa (to Bloemfontein, South Africa), and the distance is almost 1,500 kilometers. Actually, the distance is considerably less. Depending on which route is chosen, the driving distance from Cape Town to Bloemfontein is between 1,001 and 1,111 kilometers. See more »

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A film of merit, but beware the "uncle"/"nephew" thing
1 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There seems to be a misapprehension about this movie and is key to understanding it. Francois is not in fact a blood uncle. In the opening wedding scene Christian says something ( I can't remember his actual words) which establish that. The opening scene shows Francois transfixed by a vision of a young man known to him last as a boy before the two families lost touch. If he were a REAL uncle, how likely is it that he doesn't already know what he looks like? This changes the whole dynamic of the movie and makes his actions at the later beach scene easier to understand. This movie is very good, but not an easy watch, but I feel that viewers need to know the above, (a point which even a few commercial reviewers got wrong) in order to appreciate its merits.

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