An elliptical, moving film about a cruel murder and the agonizing road a family takes to get past its effects, Beyond Hatred is a fine kind of documentary that doesn’t feel for a second like it has to follow the rules and is all the stronger for it. Director Olivier Meyrou begins by telling the story of François Chenu, a 29-year-old gay man who in 2002 happened across a trio of skinheads in a park in Reims, France, looking for an Arab to bash. Spotting François, they demand to know if he’s gay, he responds proudly in the affirmative and bravely tells them what cowards they are. For not denying his nature and illustrating theirs, François was killed. Two years later, the skinheads are about to go on trial and François’s family is a miserable wreck, still trying to wrap their heads around the death.
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