Monday, August 08, 2011

BEAUTY (Oliver Hermanus, 2011)

***½
South Africa
A middle-aged, self-hating, deeply closeted and (duh) fairly unbalanced family man falls obsessively in love with his daughter's tanned, toned, always smiling suitor.

The closet in small town South Africa turns out to be even more constricting and traumatising than in other places. Hermanus has a self-conscious style that proves somehat limiting, but all the same, this is compelling stuff.

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