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Disgrace [Blu-ray] (2008)

John Malkovich , Natalie Becker , Steve Jacobs  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Antoinette Engel, Antonio Fisher, Isabella De Villiers
  • Directors: Steve Jacobs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035ECHJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    In a landmark performance, Oscar nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, 1993) stars as Professor David Lurie, whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, DISGRACE stands out as a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope.

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    40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A strong meditation on man's sexual drive February 17, 2010
    Format:DVD
    After having read J.M. Coetzee's complex, disturbing, shocking and controversial novel, one could not directly see how this story could be transformed into an appealing screenplay and still less into a convincing movie.
    It's heavily charged with all kind of sexual contacts, unforced and forced ones (by someone who is in a dominating position) and even with pure rape. It deals also with the eventual outcome of those contacts, like pregnancy and parental love.
    Moreover, the story unfolds against the violent background of open racism in a country known for its apartheid.

    Steve Jacobs did a formidable job in turning the harsh and sometimes bitter and terrible realities into a moving, emotional and ultimately sublime movie, which matches the book.
    The director was impressively helped by his cast and in the first place by John Malkovich, whose (physical! and mental) interpretation of the very uninviting character of a sexually driven university professor is certainly one of his most memorable. He was superbly seconded by Jessica Haines as his fiercely independent daughter as well as by the rest of the cast.

    A must see for all movie lovers and for all admirers J. M. Coetzee's work.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Drama April 30, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    An Academy Award Quality film that generates an exquisite level of emotional impact rarely seen outide of such modern classics as, "American Beauty" and "House of Sand and Fog." Without a doubt, Malkovich is convincing in his nuanced and powerful role as a scoundrel and Lothario--but with none of the histrionics or over-the-top acting for which he is perhaps best known. This is a painfully insightful and politically charged movie that will be much appreciated by discerning viewers.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Ambiguity May 8, 2010
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Let me begin by saying this film may be one of the best of the past year. The performance by John Malkovich gives us another reason to extend to him a title of superb actor. And, probably no one else could fill his shoes in the film.

    The film is taken from the book by Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee. He won the Booker Prize for this novel. I have not read it and find I must. Coetzee is one of those authors you remember, and as far as I am concerned has not won the acclaim he deserves. The film takes place a few years after Apartheid. There is no longer the legal stigma of socializing or dating among the races. Malkovich is a professor of Romantic Poetry at the U of South Africa. He is arrogant, pig headed even, and thinks of no other except himself and his needs. He has an affair with a young student, and while it is not rape, she obviously does not enjoy it. He is found out and is asked to leave the university. He shows no regret except that he was found out.

    Malkovich goes to visit his young daughter, Lucy, in the country. Here, things are simple, she raises dogs, and has a farm of flowers and veggies that Lucy tends. Lucy is a Lesbian and had a sig other who seems to have left. She also has a black man who lives on the farm and helps her out. Malkovich cannot understand this arrangement, the man walks in and watches television whenever he wants. Certainly things have changed. Lucy is very independent, and has her own way and manner of living. A horrible incident occurs and things will never be the same. However, life does go on, and the times and situations change and Malkovich has a new understanding of life such as it is. He asks for forgiveness from the family of the student of whom he had an affair.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Passionate Professor April 28, 2010
    Format:DVD
    John Malkovich nails the role of a pompous Cape Town literature professor, David Lurie, who glibly spouts Byron and Wordsworth. And he certainly loves the ladies. He uses his status to initiate an affair with an attractive student, who becomes the reluctant recipient of Lurie's affections. She is a young coed; he's fifty-two. When the scandal breaks, Lurie gets booted out of his cushy faculty post and seeks refuge in his daughter Lucy's home.

    Lucy lives in a remote region in the East Cape on a small plot of land. She raises dogs and sells flowers to scrape together a modest living. It seems Lurie and his daughter had long been separated; they scarcely know each other when the "disgraced" professor comes knocking. A big part of the film is how their relationship develops.

    Turns out Lucy lives in an area that lacks law and order. Hooligans roam without check. This is post-apartheid South Africa at its worst. Horrible things happen in this film. It seems that people must protect themselves in this region; Lurie and his daughter are not good at self protection.

    The film is also about how Lucy is trapped by forces beyond her control. She must accept bitter realities in order to survive. She also feels that she has carved out a life and is determined to stay. Perhaps a lot of money would help, but money is scarce, although the ex-professor can afford a trip to Cape Town where he pays a prostitute. So the arrogant Lurie must take a crash course in Life 101, South African style. He must get his hands dirty, in both a literal and figurative sense. He also finds romance in the arms of a woman who is quite a contrast to the aforementioned coed.

    Jessica Haines most convincingly portrays Lucy. She acts in a completely natural manner; it's as if she is playing herself.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Bad decision to cast Malkovich
    I love Coetzee's book. The movie doesn't even begin to approach the problems set up by the author of the novel. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by ACR
    5.0 out of 5 stars Succeeds at every level!
    Quite true to the book, even down to some of the dialogue. Not a substitute for the book, but I recommend it for those who have, have not, intend, or do not intend to read it. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Laneda Wilhite
    1.0 out of 5 stars The Incoherence of "Post-Colonial" Ideology on Film
    This was an allegory, in which caricatures were presented instead of characters. If it is easier for you to apprehend the interplay of ideas by seeing actors representing ideas... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by michaely
    4.0 out of 5 stars Going to the Dogs
    A respectful adaptation of Coetzee's novel about David Lurie, an imperious, Byron loving professor at a Capetown university, ably played by John Malkovich, whose affair with a... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Oliver Conant
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disgrace is a disgrace
    Film is a weak attempt at accounting a terrifically moving and disturbing story of post-apartheid South Africa. Will not show my class.
    Published 8 months ago by Kathy Weymouth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch, but an outstanding film
    I don't think I could watch it again, but this is a very powerful story. Malkovich's character is disturbing and the subject matter is rife with "man's inhumanity to man"... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by dancinhomer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Disgrace
    A very complicated life for dad and daughter. If that is SouthAfrican life, it's a very close complication to USA life...
    Published 13 months ago by Dr. Prudencio Mendez Jr.
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from John Malkovich...
    I really tried to like this movie, as I love Malkovich, but I just didn't. It was slow, boring and had an unsatisfying ending. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by The Blu-ray Boy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Give the bugger ten stars...it's that good-nourishing as a nip of cod...
    I was not expecting a lot. Based on a novel by JM Coetze, a great writer but isn't he hard to read? And the story in this film is tough on the digestion. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
    5.0 out of 5 stars Different
    You have to be a Malkovich fan which I am! The way the film is set leaves you wondering the whole time!
    Published 17 months ago by jasper
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