Disobedience

Disobedience

(2017)

Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) directs Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as lovers exploring the boundaries of faith and sexuality, living in an Orthodox Jewish community. Adaptation of Naomi Alderman's novel.... More

"Happily single and living a rich life as a photographer in New York, Ronit (Weisz) is very much the black sheep of her London-based Orthodox Jewish family. When her revered rabbi father dies, Ronit returns home to pay her respects and liquidate her inheritance. But surprises await, chief among them the news that Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) — the heir apparent to Ronit's father and very much the son he never had — has married Ronit's childhood friend Esti (McAdams). While Dovid prepares to take over the hallowed place at the synagogue, Ronit and Esti become reacquainted. An old flame is reignited — one that could torch everything this family most cherishes." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide

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  • Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip. Full Review

  • Leilo's unassuming style serves the story and provides a great showcase for both performers. Full Review

  • This is richly satisfying and powerfully acted work. Full Review

  • "Disobedience" may not catapult Lelio beyond the arthouse world, but it's yet another triumph in what's shaping up to be a major career. Full Review

  • The possibilities for these characters are more varied than it initially seems, and "Disobedience" thoughtfully considers them all. Full Review

  • Ultimately, the two women give in to their desires for one stolen afternoon. While their tryst is filmed poetically, the stilted buildup to it makes the sexual union feel unearned. Full Review

  • You notice the visual design but have no sense of - or feeling for - the faith binding these mourners. Full Review

  • A compelling understated drama that seethes with passion thanks to Lelio’s assured direction, compelling storytelling and fantastic performances from the three talented leads. Recommended. Full Review

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