Disgrace

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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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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 213887548
UPC 014381648423
UPC 14 00014381648423
Format DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I awaited the closing scenes of Disgrace with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None -- and I really cared. This is such a rare movie. Its characters are uncompromisingly themselves, flawed, stubborn, vulnerable. We feel we know them pretty well, but then they face a situation of such pain and moral ambiguity that they're forced to make impossible decisions. It's easy to ask them to do the right thing. But what is the right thing?...This is one of the year's best films. Before discussing Malkovich, I want to mention four other performances. Fiona Press as Bev, a warm, comfortable middle-aged woman who runs the animal shelter in town, is a necessary center of comfort and calm. Jessica Haines plays Lucy with unbending, clear-eyed conviction. Ebouaney has a crucial role and plays it wisely, not signaling what we should think of him but simply playing a man who is sure of his ground. Antoinette Engel has a smaller role, also crucial, with perfect pitch: She, too, doesn't parade her feelings. After the film is over, it may occur to you that Melanie and Lucy have undergone similar experiences...Then there is Malkovich, an actor who is so particular in the details of voice and action. After you see Disgrace, you may conclude no other actor could possibly have been cast for the role. He begins as a cold, arrogant, angry man, accustomed to buying his way with his money and intelligence. He is also accustomed to being a white man in South Africa. In no sense does David think of himself as a racist and probably always voted against apartheid. But at least it was always there for him to vote against. Now he undergoes experiences that introduce him to an emerging new South Africa -- and no, I don't mean he undergoes conversion and enlightenment. This isn't a feel-good parable. I simply mean he understands that something fundamental has shifted, and that is the way things are.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Ian Nathan, Empire Surprisingly successful adaptation of J. M. Coetzee's superb novel.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Mr. Malkovich is one of the few actors capable of conveying genuine intellectual depth.

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