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  • 2009
  • Australia/South Africa
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steve Jacobs
  • Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Jessica Haines, John Malkovich

Adapted from JM Coetzee's acclaimed novel, this presents a suitably stark vision of post-apartheid South Africa. Commendably, the filmmakers haven't attempted to turn the source material into a liberal, feel-good parable, and Malkovich's middle-aged professor is a compelling blend of intellectual arrogance, predatory instinct and physical vulnerability.

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4 Dec 20094 stars

(15) 118min A white, middle-aged professor of literature at a Cape Town university, David Lurie (John Malkovich) is forced to leave his job, following an affair with a mixed-race student (Antoinette Engel). At the disciplinary hearing the divorced…

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