Disgrace

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Tue Dec 1 2009

JM Coetzee’s 1999 examination of post-apartheid South Africa may have scooped up the Booker but it’s hardly an obvious candidate for a film. David Lurie (John Malkovich), a disenchanted Cape Town professor, has an affair with a mixed-race student that borders on rape; rumbled, he refuses to apologise – or at least to profess regret. He leaves for his daughter’s remote farm, where he’s gradually brought to realise that racial integration is a bad joke and that both colours, like the dogs David helps put down, are caged, mistreated or killed at random, without reference to their actions. It’s an enormously complicated story with great potential for reductive schmaltz, but this is avoided thanks to Anna Maria Monticelli’s sharp, sensitive screenplay and superb performances from Jessica Haines and, particularly, Malkovich as Lurie, a self-described ‘beast’ as isolated and conflicted as the country he inhabits.
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Fri Sep 18, 2009

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119 mins

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Ken

I am astonished at the negative comments on this film. I have not read the novel but the film ahas an excellent screenplay and superb performances. The story is not anti-women - the whole theme of the story is the abuse of women, including by the anti-hero played by Malkovich, in an incredible controlled performance. The early scenes of his "seduction" of the young student are chilling and hideous. A challenging, disturbing but powerful film.

richard

I'm so glad that I saw this film. A country moving from tyranny into an inevitable anarchy is portrayed through a powerful character study. The central figure, disengaged and exploitative in his relationships with women, supported in his position by the tradition of Romantic male literature, has a lot to learn. It is an excruciatingly painful process. The dialogue, body language and gestures are very eloquent. A combination of excellent script and direction.

richard

I'm so glad that I saw this film. A country moving from tyranny into an inevitable anarchy is portrayed through a powerful character study. The central figure, disengaged and exploitative in his relationships with women, supported in his position by the tradition of Romantic male literature, has a lot to learn. It is an excruciatingly painful process. The dialogue, body language and gestures are very eloquent. A combination of excellent script and direction.

P.K.

This was soooo boring! I can't believe it got a good review on time out! Or anywhere.... I can't believe I sat through it! Obviously written by a guy as all the women are pathetic. John Malkovich's accent is good. That's it. The dogs are cute until they get killed. At one point someone gets kicked which mad me happy- even though they didn't get kicked in the head... sigh I suspect this film thinks that it's intelligent.... but then a lot of stupid things are too stupid to realise just how unintelligent they are. Should have left it as a book. Shame on the people who funded it!

Joe

Boring. Terrible. Unsubtle. Bad script. Did I mention boring? At first I wanted to shoot the characters.... then I just wanted to shoot myself. Bad bad bad.

Lauren

This was one of the most offensively anti female films I've seen. Not one woman has anything about her- it's a throw back to when women in films screamed and ran in the wrong direction, except in this one they forget to scream and just don't move at all. It is too slowly paced, overly indulgent and the script is just generally clumsy. I liked Lurie trying to deal with his daughter's rape and not knowing what to do, I thought it was well dealt with and I liked it when Lurie finally took some action- but those combine only take up 15 minutes of a film that goes for almost 2 and a half hours.... By the end of the film I was just praying for someone to be killed.... no-one does..... they just have a cup of tea. None of the characters in this film grow, they start at point A get pushed towards point B and crawl back to point A again. Everyone is so worried about not offending each other in the film to such an extent it became almost farcical. Every character behaved trapped even when there were clear sign posts showing the exit. As a woman, I can not believe Nina Caplan gave this four stars. As a member of the film industry, I cannot believe this film is being lauded as intelligent and of artistic merit. Don't go and see it, even if it appeals at least wait for it to come out on TV (if it ever does) it's not worth paying for.

shane dillon

Seen this film at the ICA whilst not a brilliant film nevertheless this is a solid piece of work with both leads in particular Malkovich towering over the film in terms of presence. The film opens like a more subtle version of Notes on a Scandal. Malkovich, a college professor, female students, with his reputation ... Well that just the start when we move to rural isolated South Africa this is not quiet his redemption but he does stand as a witness to the changes that have taken place in South Africa since apartheid ended. The film becomes like a meditation on atonement and shares something in common with films that deal with post colonialism. Guilt ,evil and forgiveness are all dealt with here. Simple judical punishment has not got the power to resolve. To this end Jessica Haines performs really well opposite Malkovich's Lurie in the sense that he sees the horrendous offence carried out against her in almost rational terms were as she thinks differently. A complex film were the issues are not resolved but creatively thought out.