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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 »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Superlative "Beauty" is gut wrenchingly dark & ugly See more (25 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

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
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 »

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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 24 people found the following review useful.
Superlative "Beauty" is gut wrenchingly dark & ugly, 23 July 2012
Author: sinnerofcinema from United States

Oliver Hermanus wonderfully crafted "Beauty" was South Africa's submission to the Academy Awards as well as 2011 Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival Nominee and a Cannes award winner. This is a tale of repressed turmoil that slowly creep ups to the viewer. A very capable Deon Lotz plays François in an excellent performance filled with subtle anger, rage, jealousy and obsession. These feeling progressively take their toll on the unsuspecting Christian, brilliantly portrayed by Charlie Keegan with a devastating innocence and magnetic charm that will keep audiences disturbed long after experiencing this film.

Family man Francois van Heerden is a haven of many secrets. Secrets that deteriorate as well as rot the insides. In his endurance of life's test and family matters, François is able to keep an expected straight face in his daily dealings as he slowly asphyxiates for attention from his daughter's mate Christian. Christian, on the other hand, not only regards Francois as an elderly figure worthy of respect due to friendship ties with his father but refers to him as "uncle", an adoptive role soon to be tested by an ever raging need to relate in highly improbable ways unbeknown to an oblivious Christian . However, we get the sense that Christian honestly looked up to Francois as an additional father figure source.

The platonic dealings slowly eats away at Francois as he repeatedly insists Christian refer to him by his name in order to detract from the connecting familiar upbringing which seems to awkwardly remind Francois to hold back on his planned intentions. Effective scheming leads to the an extremely troubling conclusion based on a number of deliberate choices and sequential actions meant to pander to the vile objectives to be executed.

Upon the enforcement of his plans, François realizes the results are now irreversible. The damage is done and permanent. The post mutilating events leads to reparations that will ultimately render Francois unrepentant and numb to an uneven arrangement. The brilliance of this story falls within the mix bag of emotions this film emits. The film is beautifully haunting as it unfolds, yet extremely ugly. "Beauty" is a cinematic gem worthy of attention because it will illicit a variety of strong and deep long lasting reactions. It will encourage dialogue with other viewers immediately after watching regarding its many unanswered questions of what could have been.

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