The racial, social and political fault lines in post-Apartheid South Africa are presented on a very
personal level in this film adaptation of Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee's novel. David, a professor
of literature, and his farmer daughter, Lucy, face two very different kinds of disgrace and react in
very different ways. David is a stubborn, flawed man struggling with the moral ambiguity of his changing
world. The viewer may ponder if he will change also.
Rated R for violence and sexual situations.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. David Hostetter, Director of Programs and Research at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University.
About the writer J. M. Coetzee
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film