Beautiful ‘Disgrace’ poster

Posted by · 2:49 am · June 21st, 2009

Regular readers probably know how much I’m looking forward to Steve Jacobs’ Australian (but distinctly South African flavored) production “Disgrace,” an adaptation of one of the great novels of our time that looks to give John Malkovich his most challenging lead in eons. We were offered an impressive trailer last year, and no less enticing is this poster:


The film opened Down Under on Friday to strong reviews, and gradually seems to be making its way around Europe. (Any of our international readers seen it?) Sadly, despite acclaim and an award at last year’s Toronto fest, a Stateside distributor still hasn’t stepped forward — and given the tonal bleakness and cultural distance of the source material, I have a feeling we might wait a while on that one.

In the meantime, however, the film has produced one of the best one-sheets I’ve seen all year, a pretty point-on evocation of J.M. Coetzee’s spare, arid prose. (Thanks to Stale Popcorn for pointing me to it.)

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  • 1 6-21-2009 at 5:40 am

    Jim said...

    For some reason I thought this film was released a while ago. When I find out that a Booker winner or nominee is going to be adapted, I feel the need to read the book first. I just started Never Let Me Go and I guess I have to finish fast so that I can read Disgrace.

    PS: I haven’t seen The Road’s trailer yet because I haven’t finished the book. Am I ever going to? It’s one of the hardest and I have it in English. That’s not English! It’s torture!

  • 2 6-21-2009 at 6:51 am

    Anthony said...

    It’s getting exceptional reviews in Australia. They might be slightly exaggerated since it is an Australian production, and reviewers tend to like these kinds of films (recently Two Lovers, Elegy and others received high praise from most critics – they were much more polarizing in the US).

    BTW how is it hard to finish? It’s like 200 pages, reasonable size font, sparse writing, practically monosyllabic dialogue.

  • 3 6-21-2009 at 7:03 am

    Jim said...

    Anthony, it’s not about the size. It’s about the way of writting which at least for me (I’m Greek and my English is not perfect) is dificult. Shutter Island was a lot easier.

  • 4 6-21-2009 at 10:46 am

    BobMcBob said...

    gotta love Malkovich

  • 5 6-21-2009 at 11:08 am

    Troy said...

    “PS: I haven’t seen The Road’s trailer yet because I haven’t finished the book. Am I ever going to? It’s one of the hardest and I have it in English. That’s not English! It’s torture!”

    Don’t even bother watching the trailer when you finish, it’s terrible. Though, I still have relatively high expectations for the film.

  • 6 6-21-2009 at 11:53 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Reviews here in the Netherlands were excellent too. I’ll might go and see it tomorrow night, I’ve been planning to since it got released two weeks ago but the playtimes are horrible at best. Daily at 1 pm or 6.20 pm. Awful so I might slip in right after work tomorrow.

  • 7 6-21-2009 at 3:46 pm

    Jim T said...

    I found out there’s another Jim so (for anyone who cares :p) I ‘ll be Jim T from now on.

  • 8 6-22-2009 at 1:20 am

    Ali E. said...

    I’ve seen the film in a film festival last April. I’m a huge fan of the novel and the film was a faithful adaptation. But let me say that it was a rather dull cinematic experience. I wouldn’t call it bad, it’s decently made and well acted. But it’s still somewhat weak and forgettable…

  • 9 6-22-2009 at 3:19 am

    Glenn said...

    Saw this today, actually, and I liked it a lot. The second half of the movie seems to lack the intensity of the first though as, while not unnecessary, it is punctuated by a lot of short scenes that give the illusion of nothing really happening.

    Malkovich is very good – towards his best ever – and Jessica Haines is probably the best in show.

  • 10 6-22-2009 at 3:36 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I loved the film. I was impressed and profoundly moved by the story. Malkovich and Haines are both absolutely terrific. If Malkovich doesn’t get nominated for Best Actor he is robbed. Amazing performance.
    The movie juxtaposed the two leading characters and their situations really well (victim/attacker) and the story unfolds in a very elegant and non-intrusive way. Certainly the best film of the year thus far.