AU-DELA DE LA HAINE
BEYOND HATRED

Director: Olivier Meyrou

Screenplay: Olivier Meyrou

Awards :
Best Documentary Film, Berlin Film Festival (2006)

Running time: 86’
Production: France, 2005
Rating: Not Rated
Gauge: 35mm (color)
Genre: Documentary

Distributor: First Run Features

 




 

"Viewers expecting daytime-TV style histrionics from such emotive material will be struck by the quiet, contained dignity of Chenu's family, none of whom ever raises his or her voice. Film requires auds not just to look but to listen, and deploys sound in an imaginative and exemplary way."
Leslie Felperin, Variety


Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu, openly homosexual, was murdered on the night of September 13, 2002 in a park in Reims, France by three skinheads. Olivier Meyrou’s camera follows François’ parents, sisters and brothers as each member tries to deal with his or her grief. In the course of filming, the family changes. The grief is gradually replaced by a desire to understand the murderers, who come from socially and culturally underprivileged families. The young murderers were exploited by right-wing radical groups. As a filmmaker, Meyrou did not want to make a documentary about homophobia, but a universal film about tolerance and intolerance. He arrived in Reims before the skinheads’ trial in order to meet the attorneys for both parties, but especially François’ family. His tact and sensitivity lead them to accept him. After a few months Meyrou brought his camera along. Soon, all those involved forgot that the camera was there and spoke with great dignity and natural authority, and without the least tendency to pathos.

 
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