Disgrace (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Disgrace (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 2,800 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 26 December 2008 (Norway)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $66,643(USA)(4 October 2009)
  • Director: Steve Jacobs
  • Stars: John Malkovich, Natalie Becker and Antoinette Engel
  • Original Music By: Antony Partos   
  • Soundtrack: Five Bells
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Professor | Student | Africa | Redemption | Piano

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • J.M. Coetzee  novel
  • Anna Maria Monticelli  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: 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.

    Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

    Story: 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 disadvantage terms, favoring the black locals. Yet rowdies violently robs and abuse them both, unprovoked. Lucy refuses to fight back, unlike David, who however is surprised by his own altruistic potential.Written by KGF Vissers  


    Synopsis: David is an edgy 52 year old divorced white South African professor teaching the romantic poets when he befriends a student and they begin an affair. She is uneasy about the relationship and there is clearly an imbalance of power. David is disciplined by the university and is forced to resign. He is unrepentant about fulfilling his desires.David heads off to visit his adult lesbian daughter, Lucy, who is farming in the bush. He finds her living alone, but in a business partnership with Petrus a black farmer, who has settled adjoining land.While staying with Lucy, David helps out at the voluntary animal clinic, mostly helping destroy unwanted dogs. He becomes involved with Lucy’s friend who runs the clinic.When Petrus is away, they are attacked by three youths. Lucy is raped and they are robbed. David suspects that Petrus is involved and soon it is revealed that one of the attackers is related to Petrus’ wife.David urges Lucy to prosecute her attacker, but Lucy wants to make peace with her community and wants the protection of Petrus and his family. She has become pregnant as a result of the rape and chooses to have the child.David gains insight into his abuse of power and visits the family of the student with whom he had the affair. He seeks their forgiveness.Lucy makes an arrangement with Petrus and she becomes his tenant in return for his alliance and protection. David moves into the township and continues his work with the animal clinic. He accepts Lucy’s compromise.

    David Lurie (John Malkovich), twice-divorced and dissatisfied with his job as an English professor in post-apartheid South Africa, finds his life falling apart. When he seduces one of his students, Melanie (Antoinette Engel) and does nothing to protect himself from the consequences, he is dismissed from his teaching position, and goes to live with his lesbian daughter Lucy (Jessica Haines), who shares a farm in the Eastern Cape with trusted black worker Petrus (Eric Ebouaney). For a time, his daughter’s influence and natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. In the aftermath of a vicious attack by three black youths, he is forced to come to terms with the changes in society – as well as his disgrace. [D-Man2010]

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    Produced By:

    • Wouter Barendrecht known as executive producer
    • Marlow De Mardt known as co-producer
    • Julio DePietro known as executive producer
    • Barbara Gibbs known as line producer
    • Steve Jacobs known as producer
    • Anna Maria Monticelli known as producer
    • Brigid Olen known as co-producer
    • Emile Sherman known as producer
    • Michael J. Werner known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • John Malkovich known as Professor David Lurie
    • Natalie Becker known as Soraya
    • Antoinette Engel known as Melanie Isaacs
    • Antonio Fisher known as Sidney – Student
    • Isabella De Villiers known as Mrs. Cundell – Student
    • Cindy Mkaza known as Mrs. Mbeti – Student
    • Liezel De Kock known as Student Director
    • Charles Tertiens known as Ryan
    • David Dennis known as Mr. Isaacs
    • Anne Looby known as Rosalind
    • David Ritchie known as Manas Mathbane
    • Monroe Reimers known as Hakim
    • Paula Arundell known as Dr Farodia Rassool
    • Bulelwa Freer known as Secretary
    • Alana Louise Bowden known as Student
    • Sara Zwangobani known as Young Woman
    • Barry Quin known as Desmond Swarts
    • Thandi Sebe known as Female Student 1
    • Bronwyn Reddy known as Female Student 2
    • Nicola Swanepoel known as Female Student 3
    • Jessica Haines known as Lucy
    • Eriq Ebouaney known as Petrus
    • Monica Tyalana known as Market Customer
    • Fiona Press known as Bev Shaw
    • Michael Richard known as Bill Shaw
    • Buyami Duma known as Pollux
    • Thembalani Galada known as Young Black Man
    • Xola Honono known as Tall Black Man
    • Ian Roberts known as Ettinger
    • Roshina Ratnam known as Indian Doctor
    • Mtombi Makutshi known as Petrus' Young Wife
    • Sydney Kohlakala known as Band Member
    • Duke Norman known as Band Member
    • S.F. Gojo known as Band Member
    • Ntobeko Rwanda known as Orator (as Ntobeka Rwanqa)
    • Amy Brittow known as Desiree Isaacs
    • Denise Newman known as Mrs. Isaacs
    • Eve Szapira known as Mrs. Cundell – Professional
    • Terence Bridgett known as Sidney – Professional
    • Jonathan Nkala known as Postman
    • Maboni Nyakta known as Prostitute (as Maboni Nyakatya)
    • Mbali Kgosidintsi known as Prostitute
    • Scott Cooper known as Student (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Zeljka Stanin known as makeup department head

    Art Department:

    • Storm Dyssell known as standby props
    • Brian Glaser known as assistant construction manager
    • Andrew Gouveia known as carpenter
    • Marco Guidetti known as construction stand-by
    • Brooke Morris known as props buyer/set dresser
    • Brendan Smithers known as construction manager


    Production Companies:

    • Fortissimo Films
    • Sherman Films
    • Whitest Pouring Films
    • Wild Strawberries

    Other Companies:

    • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)  funding
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Newbridge Film Capital  funding


    • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Bac Films (2010) (France) (theatrical)
    • Dendy Films (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Maximum Film Distribution (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Paladin (II) (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Alamode Film (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • David Distribucion (2008) (Mexico) (all media)
    • Flashstar Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
    • Teleview International (2008) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (all media)

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    Special Effects:

    • Elemental Effects

    Visual Effects by:

    • Simon Alberry known as I/O supervisor
    • Paul Butterworth known as visual effects supervisor: Fuel International
    • Sam Cole known as compositing supervisor: FUEL International
    • Felix Crawshaw known as visual effects producer: Fuel VFX
    • Rebecca Dunn known as digital supervisor
    • Daniel Loui known as digital compositor
    • An Nguyen known as system administrator/pipeline engineer: FUEL International
    • Takahiro Suzuki known as digital compositor
    • Andreas Wanda known as animator
    • Matthew Wynne known as lead compositor
    • Koji Yamaguchi known as compositor

    Release Date:

    • Canada 6 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
    • Norway 26 December 2008
    • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • UK 19 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Hong Kong 8 April 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Turkey 15 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • Denmark 19 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • Russia 21 May 2009 (limited)
    • Poland 22 May 2009
    • Netherlands 4 June 2009
    • Australia 18 June 2009
    • Belgium 22 July 2009
    • Spain 31 July 2009
    • Sweden 2 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 11 September 2009 (New York City, New York)
    • Germany 17 September 2009
    • New Zealand 24 September 2009
    • Portugal 1 October 2009
    • UK 4 December 2009
    • France 3 February 2010
    • Mexico 14 May 2010
    • Austria 21 May 2010
    • Hungary 24 September 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, some violence and brief language


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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