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Disgrace, starring John Malkovich

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Disgrace (2008)(DVD) Directed by Steve Jacobs, starring John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire (1993), Mary Reilly (1996), Being John Malkovich (1999), Burn After Reading (2008)), Jessica Haines and others.  A powerful film, with an excellent screenplay based on the superb 1999 Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by the gifted South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace traces the life and humiliations of a university professor who has been dismissed for sleeping with a student.  A poignant reflection on the extraordinary complexities of post-apartheid South Africa, Disgrace offers Malkovich the opportunity to excel as a thoroughly dislikeable yet magnetic intellectual snob and Jessica Haines, a South African actress, as Malkovich’s character’s forward-looking (at all costs) lesbian daughter, the chance to truly impress: Haines is excellent in the role.  Disgrace is most definitely a must-see film, powerful, complex, very well written, acted and filmed. (There is a certain amount of violence, both seen and implied; it is never gratuitous.) (PR)

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Karoo Boy

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 October 2011

Karoo Boy (Novel)(2004) by Troy Blacklaws (Blood Orange (2005))   Karoo Boy, a bildungsroman, is the touching story of a surviving twin of a disintegrating family set in mid-1970s apartheid-stricken South Africa.  From seaside Capetown to the Karoo, the vast and desolate plain in South Africa that borders the Kalahari Desert, from, at least superficial, social tolerance, to livid Afrikaner racial hatred, Karoo Boy, Blacklaws’ first novel, often wonderfully, obliquely poetic, keenly evokes both the physical and social environment and the isolating and sensitive confusions of youth. (PR)

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