Keswick Film Club - Disgrace

Sunday 28th March 5:00 PM


Director: Steve Jacobs Country: Australia/South Africa
Cert: 15 Year: 2008 Length: 119 mins

Programme Notes

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Audience Reaction

Score: 73.88% Attendance: 114


  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


Starring in this exciting adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee is John Malkovich, playing the 52-year-old professor who takes a beautiful young student under his wing and into his bed. This is post-Apartheid South Africa, the student is of mixed race, and scandal erupts... Director and writer (a husband and wife team) have distilled Coetzee's tough novel into a focused, absorbing meditation on race, class, history, sex and the quest for reconciliation . It is a disquieting work to watch (none of Coetzee’s punches are pulled, although most of the violence
happens off-screen). Excellent acting from Malkovich, Jessica Haines and a fine supporting cast.


open_quote Mr. Malkovich is one of the few actors capable of conveying genuine intellectual depth. close_quote N Y Times

open_quote Steve Jacobs has succeeded beautifully in integrating the story into the grand landscape of South Africa. close_quote J.m. Coetzee

open_quote Disgrace is a creditable, serious film which is driven along by its viscerally gripping plotline. close_quote Theo Tait, The Guardian


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