Fran+â-ºois van Heerden is a successful family man in his mid-40s who lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is the father of two daughters and a devoted husband, but beneath the veneer is a nest of internal conflict. Over the years he has managed to suppress care or concern for his own measure of fulfillment, and is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean, controlled life. The trigger is Christian: the self-possessed 23-year-old son of a long lost friend, and the personification of a handsome young man in the prime of his life. His arrival throws Fran+â-ºois into flux, and instantly sets him on a desperate attempt at taking from the world that which he has always secretly wanted: happiness. The internationally-heralded winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, and chosen as South AfricaGÇÖs Official selection for the 2012 Academy Awards, BEAUTY is a stunningly controlled, powerful story of a middle-aged man in turmoil.
Every family man has his secrets...