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  • Summary: In this French documentary, a family reflects on the murder of their 29-year-old son and tries to move beyond feelings of hatred and revenge. (First Run Features)
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  1. 75
    It's so rare these days to see a documentary that aspires to be cinematic that Beyond Hatred may seem at first to be slightly better than it is.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    An example of a film whose style doesn’t merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Meyrou follows the family through the three day trial, the verdict and its aftermath, but the perpetrators remain a mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    It's easy to find fault with the film's maudlin score, overlong static shots devoid of the abstract poetry they infer, and a second half that pursues legal rather than personal ramifications at a trial where cameras aren't allowed. But, following the family's path to closure, we'll forgive.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Verite docu Beyond Hatred movingly accompanies the family of Francois Chenu, a gay man murdered by three skinheads in 2002, down the road to forgiveness.