The adaptation of the Booker Prize winning novel by J.M.Coetzee. A South African professor of romantic poetry is disgraced when his has an affair with a student, and confronts a violent reality on his daughter’s remote farm.


  • 1. The opening

  • Disgrace Trailer

  • 2. David seduces Melanie

  • 3. David appears before the hearing

  • 4. David escapes to Lucy’s farm

  • 5. David meets Petrus

  • 6. A walk in the mountains

  • 7. The rape

  • 8. David confronts Lucy

  • 9. Petrus asks David to help dig the pipes in

  • 10. David visits Melanie’s parents

  • 11. David returns to Lucy’s farm

  • 12. Petrus makes a proposal

  • 13. David attacks the boy

  • 14. The end

  • This scene is some time after the attack and things have become quite tense between David and Lucy. David decides it’s best if he leaves. He returns to Cape Town where he meets up with his ex wife for a coffee.

  • Interview with Director- Steve Jacobs

  • Interview with Writer/Producer – Anna Maria Monticelli

  • Interview with John Malkovich

  • Interview with Jessica Haines

  • Interview with Eriq Ebouaney

  • Interview with Antoinette Engel

  • Interview with Director of Photography – Steve Arnold

  • Fipresci (International Critics Prize) -Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2008

  • Best Film – Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) 2008

  • Grand Prize – Taipei International Film Festival 2009

  • Best Script Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2009 - Anna Maria Monticelli

  • Best Adaptation Australian Writers Guild 2008 – Anna Maria Monticelli

  • In the US ‘Disgrace’ was on the 10 Best Film lists of 2009 with the ‘New York Times’, Roger Ebert of ‘The Chicago Sun’ and Stephen King for ‘Entertainment Weekly’.

  • a compelling screen adaptation of J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning 1999 novel… all the more devastating for being so coolly dispassionate.

    – New York Times


  • It is hard to do justice to a film as rich in meaning and as visually striking as this…  unnerving, mysterious, profoundly sad.

    Disgrace may be his (Jacobs) masterpiece…  It will haunt me for a long time.

    – The Australian

  • as brutal and blunt in the hands of director Steve Jacobs as it is in Coetzee’s bare-bones prose… a remarkable accomplishment

    – Washington Post

  • this is such a rare movie.. Malkovich, in one of his best performances…one of the year’s best films Roger Ebert

    – Chicago Sun

  • These are a lot of questions for just one film, but the constant tragedy and the complex world in which Lurie lives are here to disturb us, and make us ask ourselves the very meaning of life.

    – Pablo O. Scholz

  • Anna-Maria Monticelli and helmer Steve Jacobs have distilled Coetzee’s tough novel into a focused, absorbing meditation on race, class, history and sex.

    – Variety

  • With masterful concision and without the slightest air of contrivance, Anna Maria Monticelli’s screenplay manages to cover an incredible range of terrain… a hugely successful adaptation of JM Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel.

    – Film Four (UK)

  • the actor (Malkovich) has left his imprint on one of his most engrossing roles

    – International Herald Tribune

  • a riveting adaption of the South African writer J.M.Coetzee’s 1999 novel.

    – The Age

  • Jacobs has taken a masterly novel and made an uncompromising brilliant film

    – Australian Book Review

  •  a superbly written, impressively directed and brilliantly acted drama

    – The View London

  • a compelling human fable and a complex, ambiguous allegory of post-apartheid South Africa ….

    – Observer/Guardian UK

  • an outstanding performance from John Malkovich

    – Daily Express UK

  • a sharp, sensitive screenplay and superb performances from Jessica Haines and, particularly, Malkovich as Lurie

    – Time Out UK

  • John Malkovich shines… and the story — sorrowful but never sentimental — is hypnotic.

    – Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

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