|Directed by||Steve Jacobs|
|Produced by||Steve Jacobs
Anna Maria Monticelli
|Screenplay by||Anna Maria Monticelli|
by J. M. Coetzee
|Music by||Antony Partos|
|Edited by||Alexandre de Franceschi|
Disgrace is a 2008 Australian film based on J. M. Coetzee's novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by Anna Maria Monticelli and directed by her husband Steve Jacobs. Starring American actor John Malkovich and South African newcomer Jessica Haines, it tells the story of a South African university professor in the post-apartheid era who moves to his daughter's Eastern Cape farm when his affair with a student costs him his position.
David Lurie (John Malkovich) is an ageing white professor teaching Romantic literature at an unnamed university in Cape Town shortly after the end of apartheid. David engages in an affair with one of his promising students, Melanie Isaacs (Antoinette Engel). University officials learn of the affair and bring David before a disciplinary board. David's colleagues offer him a quiet exit to save face, but he brashly affirms his guilt and refuses to admit wrongdoing, forcing the board to punish him more harshly.
David takes refuge with his daughter, Lucy (Jessica Haines), who owns a farm in the Eastern Cape. At first the two experience harmony and Lurie finds peace with himself, though he grows suspicious of Lucy's farm manager, Petrus (Eriq Ebouaney). One day, David and Lucy are attacked by three men, who rape Lucy. David goes through a crisis, not knowing how to cope with his personal and family tragedies. He is also confused by the newfound guilt he suddenly feels about his last affairs.
- John Malkovich as David Lurie, a university professor
- Jessica Haines as Lucy, David's daughter, a farmer in the Eastern Cape
- Eriq Ebouaney as Petrus, a worker on Lucy's farm
- Fiona Press as Bev Shaw, head of an animal refuge
- Antoinette Engel as Melanie Isaacs, a university student
The film received generally positive reviews, with an 82% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 57 votes. The critical consensus states that "Featuring outstanding performances from John Malkovich and newcomer Jessica Haines, Disgrace is a disturbing, powerful drama." The film holds an average score of 71/100 at Metacritic. It grossed $1,166,294 at the box office in Australia, and $2,122,574 worldwide.
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