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Beauty (2011) More at IMDbPro »Skoonheid (original title)

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Beauty -- Francois van Heerden, a mid-40s, white,
Afrikaans-speaking family man, has become
devoid of any care or concern for his own
measure of happiness, and so convinced of his
ill-fated existence, that he is wholly unprepared
when a chance encounter unrave


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Release Date:
5 August 2011 (South Africa) See more »
Love. Envy. Obsession. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Death in Venice --- redone in Capetown See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

Deon Lotz ... 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 ... Brian
Leon Kruger ... Henri
Robin Smith ... Gideon
Jeroen Kranenburg ... Doctor
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Linda van Heerden
Jan Hendrik Opperman ... Stefan - Groom
Marion Holm ... Distant Aunt
Shaun Rossouw ... Best Man
Elsie Potgieter ... Young Woman
Mart Kotze ... Murial, Banking Clerk
Andre Knoesen ... Farm Man #1
Raymond Bassett ... Farm Man #2
Marius Raubenheimer ... Farm Man #3
Hendrik Pistorius ... Farm Man #4
Jefferson J. Dirks-Korkee ... Young Coloured Man
Peter Taljaard ... Elena's Lover
Rina Moodley ... Indian Storekeeper
Norma Anschutz ... Odd-looking Patient
Owen De Jager ... Rugby Man #1 (as Owen de Jager)
Michael de Swardt ... Rugby Man #2
Lynita Crofford ... Rugby Woman
Chase Downes ... Man UCT Campus
Georgie Lawson ... Woman UCT Campus
Lea Seekoe ... Christian's Friends
Craig Eygenberger ... Christian's Friends
Andre Solomon ... Christian's Friends
Geoffrey van Biljoen ... iPod Sales Assistant
Gordan Stevens ... Bronx Barman
Riaan Visman ... Bronx Coloured Man
Clare Bywater ... Drunk Youth #1
Dylan Baker ... Drunk Youth #2
Alan Jacobs ... Bronx Bathroom Coke Man #1
Ross Rowley ... Bronx Bathroom Coke Man #2
Dave Cannon ... Bronx Glaring Man #1
Jacques van Rensburg ... Bronx Glaring Man #2
Henry Jack Cloete ... Writer
Megan Barr ... Brian's Wife
Hendrik Kotze ... Factory Worker Client
Suko Mandidi ... Wood Factory Assistant
Janine Botha ... Blonde Spur Waiteress
Tihran de la Mare ... Young Spur Waiter
Nico Burger ... Young Spur Couple
Dean Roberts ... Young Spur Couple
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Directed by
Oliver Hermanus 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Didier Costet 
Oliver Hermanus 

Produced by
Didier Costet .... producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... executive producer
Marvin Saven .... executive producer
Dylan Voogt .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ben Ludik 
Cinematography by
Jamie Ramsay 
Film Editing by
George Hanmer 
Casting by
Warwick Grier 
Production Design by
Franz Lewis 
Costume Design by
Reza Levy 
Makeup Department
Naeema Clayton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jade Hamilton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nadia Brand .... second assistant director
Simon Damast .... first assistant director
De Villiers Fourie .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jana Marie-Hey .... set dresser
Ernest Mokwena .... assistant set dresser
Donavan Oostendorp .... art department assistant
Joe Oosthuizen .... property master
Johan Oosthuizen .... property master
Ernie Seegers .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Ian Arrow .... sound mixer
Xavier Bonneyrat .... sound editor
Laurent Chassaigne .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric LeGarçon .... dialogue editor
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... additional sound effects editor
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Bertrand Roets .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Pascal Nowak .... digital colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Dylan Bland .... grip assistant
Elwin Buchel .... assistant camera
Zahir Karriem .... key grip
Siseko Malawu .... best boy grip
Tyron Mountjoy .... best boy
Diego Ollivier .... d.i.t
Clint Stone .... gaffer
Nicholas Turvey .... first assistant camera
Nicholas Turvey .... focus puller
Adi Visser .... camera operator: steadicam
Casting Department
Sonja Krohn .... casting
Dieter Wambach .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonie Roberts .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jean-Baptiste Combette .... on-line editor
Willem Grobler .... assistant editor
Other crew
Andile Nebulane .... production assistant
Tamsin Ranger .... production secretary
Saskia Schiel .... production coordinator
Ria Van Heerden .... script supervisor
Marc-Emmanuel Vuaillat .... legal services

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Skoonheid" - South Africa (original title)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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South Africa's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Death in Venice --- redone in Capetown, 11 April 2013
Author: Movie Critic from Peru

I have been looking for a different gay movie where the main character doesn't kill himself or have an over sexual mother who kills herself etc... Or the depressing coming of a age gay movies that have been done a zillion times with all the disappointments and unrequited love to straights endless humiliations the straight girl who loves him who he has to tell the truth to on and on... This movie is it!

I have been to South Africa, Bloemfontein no less, and the scene where the Boer farmers engage in a little secret homosexual love party totally threw me.

A middle aged married man becomes infatuated with a pretty (Title) younger man eventually culminating in a hotel room where he beats him up to have his way instead of the stereotype where the reverse happens. GREAT.

This movie is unique and different...until the very end I was not sure what would happen as gay movies always have to end with some bad ending for the gay protagonist--not this one.

It reminded me a little of a Rod Steiger movie The Sargeant (1968) where Steiger falls in love with a junior army soldier--except Steiger has to commit suicide after coming on to the young recruit.

Times have changed for the better--

For the reviewer baffled by the swimming pool with debris and clothes in it...water is symbolic through out the movie...the rain after the gay bar pure water from the sky..the poetry symbolizes the id/sexual life of the hero---yucky icky water on the home front lots of hidden things lurking there.


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