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Francois van Heerden is a white, Afrikaans-speaking family man in his mid-40s. Francois 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 with another man unravels his clean and precisely controlled life. A raw, honest and highly acclaimed International gay thriller, Beauty was awarded the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and went on to become South Africa's official submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. This one is not to be missed.

Reasons to Buy

  1. Beauty (a.k.a. Skoonheid) won the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
  2. This film was also South Africa's official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards.
  3. Writer/director Oliver Hermanus and star Deon Lotz have received much acclaim for their work on this film in Europe. We're glad to finally give American audiences a chance to see it!


  • Director: Oliver Hermanus
  • Writer: Oliver Hermanus
  • Length: 1 hrs. 44 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Oct 23 2012
  • Production Year: 2011
  • TLA SKU: 1741246
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 807839005875
  • Catalog #: DV33605302
  • Custodian of Records:
    TLA Releasing
    35 Rumson Road Rumson, NJ 07760

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7 Reviews for Beauty

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Review by Kelly Burkhardt

By: Kelly Burkhardt
In-House Review - Jun 28 2012
Set in the beautiful backdrop of South Africa, Beauty is an intimately intense portrait of Francois (the amazing Deon Lotz) who is a dutiful, middle-aged husband and father. He fumes with resentment longing for the past, his loveless marriage and har... Read More

Review by barry

By: barry
The beauty was the young guy, this is why I picked it. The film maker did not use him will. It must had been true story , and why he name this movie. Being he the boy is why this movie fell. Think he would get caught. Where is a good cop when y... Read More

Review by russell

By: russell
I did not enjoy this. Sure, a slice of realism, older closeted man, I'm no fag, and a very cute guy playing his "nephew". His lifeless marriage. There are long shots of him unpacking his suitcase in an empty hotel room. Two stars I think.

Review by just a reviewer

By: just a reviewer But, there is another 6-letter "B-word" which exactly describes its story: "Brutal". And now, for your edification, let's take that ugly word apart, one letter at a time:

-- B: - As in Old "BOYS" Club. As in a bunch of older... Read More

Review by TrojanKnight

By: TrojanKnight
Truly a character study on a repressed gay man. Yes, some scenes are deliberately slow but that actually enhanced my own viewing from how boring this man's life was to the predator nature of his actions. I couldn't for the longest time watch the ... Read More

Review by Darren

By: Darren
This could have been so much better, if the thing wasnt so slow in places, and pauses in the photography on dead scenes just sitting there for 45 seconds before moving on.

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
The news is out that TLA has acquired the U.S. rights to "Beauty" from South Africa. The film is directed by Oliver Hernanus and is the story of a married man who has to deal with the attraction that he has for other men. Francois van Heerden (Deon L... Read More

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