Oliver Hermanus | 2011 | South Africa / France / Germany | 104mins | Roeline Daneel, Sue Diepeveen, Charlie Keegan
Winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes, this involving drama from Oliver Hermanus stars Roeline Daneel as Francois van Heerden, a middle-aged Afrikaans-speaking family man who leads a bleak secret life. Racist and homophobic, his inward seething mirrors his own self-hatred, and he’s convinced of the pointlessness of his existence. But it’s only when he develops a disturbing obsession with the handsome son of an old friend that the facade of his outwardly comfortable life begins to collapse. Hermanus tackles taboo subjects head on in this impressive and troubling study of a South African man in crisis.
“[...] an effective portrait of a kind of apartheid of the mind” Lee Marshall, Screen
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