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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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  (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

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
Éric LeGarçon .... dialogue editor
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... additional sound effects editor
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Bertrand Roets .... boom operator
Benjamin Rolo .... sound studio assistant
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 »

Did You Know?

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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4 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant and Shocking, 19 July 2013
Author: donwc1996 from United States

This film is without a doubt the most shocking film I have ever seen. It's difficult to say just how the writer/director came about doing this film but a couple of things come to mind. I could not help think of the way Hitchcock would prepare the viewer for a shocking scene by almost lulling the viewer to sleep so that when the big scene takes place you practically jump from your seat and go running for the nearest exit. I'm thinking of Psycho, of course. Here, a virtually identical event takes place and there was no exit for me to run to so I had to stay in my chair and sit out perhaps the most horrific scene I have ever witnessed in a movie or in real life. It is shockingly presented and you sit there frozen thinking to yourself this can't be happening. Everything that happens before the big scene and everything that happens after are completely out of context with the big scene itself and the writer/director has done this precisely the way Hitchcock did it in Psycho. There is an element of abstraction that really hits you hard and you just cannot stop thinking about what you have just seen. In fact, the more I think about this film the more I realize how torn and twisted men are when it comes to lust and the flesh and that the biggest struggle men have is overcoming their sexual desires especially when they are twisted and sick as in this fellow's case. It really is impossible for women to fully grasp just how horrific it is for men in many cases to overcome the flesh and to behave in a humane and decent way. Men are tortured there is no question about it and the man in this film is a perfect example of how wrong a man can go even though on the surface he lives a good life.

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