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Disgrace (2008)

 -  Drama  -  18 June 2009 (Australia)
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After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.

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Jessica Haines ...
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Fiona Press ...
Bev Shaw
Antoinette Engel ...
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Soraya
Antonio Fisher ...
Sidney - Student
Isabella De Villiers ...
Mrs. Cundell - Student
Cindy Mkaza ...
Mrs. Mbeti - Student
Liezel De Kock ...
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Charles Tertiens ...
David Denis ...
Mr. Isaacs
Paula Arundell ...
Dr Farodia Rassool
Anne Looby ...
Rosalind
David Ritchie ...
Manas Mathbane
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Cape Town professor David Lurie blatantly refuses to defend himself for an affair with a colored student whom he gave a passing grade for an exam she didn't even attend. Dismissed, he moves to his daughter Lucy's farm, which she runs under most disadvantaged terms, favoring the black locals. Yet rowdies, unprovoked, violently rob and abuse them both. Lucy refuses to fight back, unlike David, who is surprised by his own altruistic potential. Written by KGF Vissers

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,615 (USA) (18 September 2009)

Gross:

$66,643 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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'Disgrace' won the Best Narrative Film (The Black Pearl) Award at the Middle East Film Festival 2008. See more »

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When David confronts Lucy at the impound yard, he pulls her left arm away from the steering wheel. In the next shot, it has returned. See more »

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[first lines]
Professor David Lurie: I haven't heard from my daughter.
Soraya: Still living with a woman.
Professor David Lurie: Yes, still a lesbian. Still on the farm. She thinks it's safe there.
Soraya: No where's safe. Too many people with nothing to do but cause trouble. How's work?
Professor David Lurie: They look through me when I speak. Forget my name.
Soraya: There's no respect anymore. Have you missed me?
Professor David Lurie: I miss you all the time.
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Ballad Of A Thin Man
1 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

DISGRACE is the kind of movie that tackles so many "Big Issues"-- Colonialism, South Africa's History of Apartheid, Sexual Roles, and even, Animal Rights--that it seems almost destined to fail, yet Steve Jacobs's film is a resounding success. The film charts the moral and psychological journey of a Cape Town professor, Dr. David Lurie, who is banished from his university position because of an illicit affair with a student, and takes refuge at his daughter's remote farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa. John Malkovich is perfectly cast as a man who suffers from an acute lack of compassion driven by an overbearing intellectual demeanor. He is an expert on Romantic Literature, however his personal outlook is anything but optimistic or idealistic. And, once he begins to acclimate to life on this secluded ranch, he and his daughter are subjected to a brutal and racist attack, and he can do nothing. Then, Dr. Lurie and his daughter must struggle to pick up the pieces and reintegrate into a stratified social system where, not so long ago, the mere color of their skin guaranteed preferential treatment. Jessica Haines plays Professor Lurie's daughter, and admirably manages to convey the pain, anguish, and psychic damage of the aftermath of rape. She more than holds her own next to Malkovich's incandescent performance. DISGRACE is a film which is both visually mesmerizing and intellectually bold, and unflinching.


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