Victoria Jelinek

July 21, 2010, 2:37 pm
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David (John Malkovich, Burn After Reading, Changeling) is dissatisfied with his job as a professor in post-apartheid South Africa. When he cruelly seduces one of his students, he is dismissed and goes to live with his daughter on a farm in the Eastern Cape. For awhile, his daughter’s influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to bring his life calm, but the balance of power in the country is shifting and in the aftermath of a vicious attack on the farm by three black youths, he is forced to come to terms with the changes in society – as well as with his own disgrace.

The film, like the book it’s adapted from (J.M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winner) is brilliant.