Disgrace (2009) Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee's great, brutal, prizewinning 1999 novel about the nature of men (in contrast with dogs) in post-apartheid South Africa gets a faithful,… 2009-09-11 Unrated Drama Eriq Ebouaney John Malkovich Jessica Haines
Movie Review

Disgrace (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
John Malkovich, Disgrace | FENCED IN John Malkovich plays a troubled professor in Disgrace
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FENCED IN John Malkovich plays a troubled professor in Disgrace
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Sep 11, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Genre: Drama; With: Eriq Ebouaney and John Malkovich

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee's great, brutal, prizewinning 1999 novel about the nature of men (in contrast with dogs) in post-apartheid South Africa gets a faithful, if wearying, adaptation, slow and spare. In Disgrace, John Malkovich brings his unique, compelling coldness to the weight-bearing role of a middle-aged university professor whose sexual and racial arrogance (including an affair with a black student) leads to a personal disgrace and humbling that mirrors that of his fellow oblivious white countrymen in the new order. Newcomer Jessica Haines is transparent and heartbreaking as the prof's unorthodox daughter, a victim of violence as the old ways crumble. B

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Originally posted Sep 23, 2009 Published in issue #1068 Oct 02, 2009 Order article reprints