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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Disgrace by Steve Jacobs, 2008 (R)

with John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Antoinette Engel, Antonio Fisher, Isabella De Villiers, Cindy Mkaza, Liezel De Kock, Charles Tertiens, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney, Fiona Press, Paula Arundell, Scott Cooper, Monroe Reimers

After an imprudent affair with a student, Cape Town professor David Lurie (John Malkovich) flees to his daughter's remote farm to escape the scandal, only to find tragedy when a trio of black youths brutally assaults them. But Lurie is forced to face apartheid's lasting repercussions when he discovers that one of the attackers is related to a trusted employee (Eriq Ebouaney) in this pensive drama based on J.M. Coetzee's novel.

It is a very difficult to understand and not judge what we see in the movie too fast. It is painful to watch considering how far we've gone away from it, and yet still not. And especially for a woman. But considering the history, it is also challenging not to experience guilt. And sadness, and hopelessness, and in that, the movie reaches another level.

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