DISGRACE is a profound experi-
ence. If the motion picture is indeed a collaborative art form, I suspect that this film -- directed by Steve Jacobs, with a screenplay adapted from J.M. Coetzee's novel by Anna-Maria Monti-
celli, and staring John Malkovich in the leading role -- is as good an example of a successful col-
laboration as we are likely to get in the near future.
The collaborators place us in the shoes of an intelligent, smiling racist and misogynist, a South African professor named David Lurie (played by Mr. Malko-
vich, below), who makes a soul-and-body journey that changes him -- and maybe some of the people around him -- and allows us to witness, experience and believe in the change. That we are able to do this and understand it, even haltingly, is where the movie's profundity lies. Many things happen here -- some subtle, some shocking. We're privy to them all, piecing them together, trying to understand how they connect, what they signify -- and why.
stands so little of what is going on inside the “other.” When explosions do occur, you want to run for cover, but like the char-
acters here, viewers, too, I think will force themselves to face up to things, realizing that the outcome will probably not be very good. How adult -- but this is the rare movie made for that set.
TrustMovies unfortunately managed to post this one a week early and so has re-posted today -- which marks the real opening of the film. It plays in New York City at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, the Clearview First & 62, and the Quad -- and elsewhere across the country now, or soon, I hope.