Streaming Video - 2008
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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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Jun 21, 2018

Movie fans who want the story wrapped up neatly at the end won't like this one. And quickly want to forget about it if they happen to watch it.

Others who relish ambiguity and accept the fact that other people (in this case, the man's daughter) can rationalize seemingly bizarre, injurious life-choices will love it. And think about it and discuss it with others sometimes YEARS afterward.

Key scene for me: the attitude of the philandering professor (Malkovich) when "grilled" for his behaviour by the panel at the university's "hearing." You're think the panel gets what it wants when the accused flat-out, immediately confesses to his errant behaviour. Watch the panel members' reaction. Are the relieved and satisfied? Not on your life!

A troubling, thought-provoking film.

kurasawa1 Nov 18, 2014

Smart film - worth seeing

Sep 12, 2013

Excellent movie - albeit a bit depressive, and dealing with heavy subject matter. Somehow, though, I get the feeling that all of the parts of the movie did not add up to a whole (just like in real life, maybe...). And what can you say about John Malkovitch? He could sip coffee for a whole movie - and it would still be worth watching.

kitten55 Oct 23, 2012

Tina R. Cooper says: "It's s though time goes on, but with the same stuff". Teachers/Men will be what they were, what/who they are"! Somebody call a cop!

Green_Bird_203 May 19, 2012

Like father, like daughter. Are they OK? Good performance, but I found the story and main characters very very depressing. On earth, there are a lot of beautiful places to live in and start a new life. It doesn't appear to be a hopeful ending as the filmmaker intended. The daughter looks more like a prisoner of isolated landscape in South Africa.

Jun 09, 2011

Another brilliant performance by JM, he is truly a genius on the screen. The movie however I found a tad disturbing. Its also crazy to me how the author uses poetry as the means of escape for the protagonist. Poetry that is so pure, loving yet here you have a man who uses sex to ascertain his dominance over meek, gullible women. I felt the women characters were lacking strength. They succumb to whatever it was that the men wanted. Another thing I noticed was not only the conflict between women and men, but that of white and black South Africa. Overall not a bad movie to watch. JM is the man of course!

Sep 03, 2010

Well acted by depressing movie

mattbg Jul 22, 2010

From what I have read and heard about post-apartheid South Africa, this is an accurate portrayal of the fears and concerns that both current and past residents have, and of the very real dangers that continue to exist.

joseph's comment is accurate in that this is not a Hollywood movie with explosions, chase scenes, and intrigue. If you're not interested in post-apartheid South African politics then don't bother with it. But if you do have an interest in this then it will not be a boring film.

Jul 22, 2010

Skip It – Disgrace (2008) 119 min. Disgrace is difficult to sit through the whole picture in one sitting. It’s paced methodically slow with a main character (played by John Malkovich) that is not well liked, to say the least. Set in South Africa, his behavior leads him from one bad situation to another. Unfortunately, the film disengages the viewer because of its lack of excitement. The story had some movie-worthy situations (i.e. his poor behavior with his student; his relationship with his daughter; the animosity exhibited by the blacks in South Africa towards the whites). But after all is said and done; the film is void of life.


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