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Disgrace

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"A very dark and disturbing film"
3 stars"
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Well, I had a some what different expectation, the screenplay was well done, however you just need to be prepared for the storyline which is somewhat dark and disturbing at times.

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Description

David Lurie (John Malkovich), twice divorced and dissatisfied with his job as an English professor in post-apartheid South Africa, finds his life falling apart. When he seduces one of his students, Melanie (Antoinette Engel) and does nothing to protect himself from the consequences, he is dismissed from his teaching position, and goes to live with his lesbian daughter Lucy (Jessica Haines), who shares a farm in the Eastern Cape with trusted black worker Petrus (Eric Ebouaney).
For a time, his daughter's influence and natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. In the aftermath of a vicious attack by three black youths, he is forced to come to terms with the changes in society as well as his disgrace.

Review

A dissolute Cape Town academic confronts the changing face of South Africa and the darkest recesses of his soul in the absorbing drama "Disgrace." Anchored by another marvelously quirky yet deadly serious performance from John Malkovich, and likely to be relished by the fan base of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this is a strong, perceptive, old-school arthouse pic with solid legs in all media.
Well-dressed romantic poetry prof David Lurie (Malkovich) lives life with a languid mix of ennui and contempt that masks the troubled soul of a racist and predator. When an ill-advised, heavy-handed affair with a student (Antoinette Engel) is revealed, he accepts severe punishment with remorseless defiance.
Impulsively deciding to visit his grown daughter, Lucy (noteworthy newcomer Jessica Haines), at her remote Eastern Cape farm, Lurie's world is shattered further when a seemingly random attack by three youths leaves both father and daughter physically and emotionally broken.
Bravely and rightly eschewing narration, scripter Anna-Maria Monticelli and helmer Steve Jacobs (married producers whose previous pic was the effervescent 2003 comedy "La spagnola") have distilled Coetzee's tough novel into a focused, absorbing meditation on race, class, history and sex.
Malkovich is a living symphony of tics and mannerisms in service of a profoundly self-absorbed character, yet never upstages Haines or the fine supporting cast. Tech charge is lead by Steve Arnold's fine, deep-focus widescreen lensing on rugged South African locations. EDDIE COCKRELL, Variety


Release date Australia
February 10th, 2010
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratios
  • 1.78 : 1
  • 2.35 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
113
Studio
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
9339065002232
Product ID
3882268

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