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Release Date: 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
In 2002, Francois Chenu was beaten to death for being gay by three drunk neo-Nazi skinheads who initially planned to beat up an Arab. This documentary follows Chenu's family through the legal process as they come to terms with their loss. Despite their grief, Chenu's parents and sister attempt to understand how the skinheads' difficult childhoods led to their actions. The prosecution constructs its case, preparing to ask for the minimum 20-year sentence.

Director: Olivier Meyrou

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Hold Up Films, Miss Luna Films

Keywords: Mother, 2000s, France, Emotional, Underdog, Family, Father, Quest, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Meyrou follows the family through the three day trial, the verdict and its aftermath, but the perpetrators remain a mystery. show more

  • 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. show more

  • An example of a film whose style doesn’t merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings. show more

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