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Disobedience

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2017
  • Sebastián Lelio
  • 114 mins
  • 15

Summary

A woman returns to a strict Jewish community after her father dies. She was forced to leave because she was in love with her female friend, but once reunited their passions are rekindled. Drama, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A contemporary prodigal-daughter drama, Disobedience is set against the backdrop of the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, the North London suburb where it was filmed. Based on Naomi Alderman's semi-autobiographical, Orange prize-winning novel - incendiary for its challenge to the antiquated strictures of Judaism and its daring lesbian plot - it is the English-language debut of Chilean-Argentine director Sebastián Lelio, whose Oscar-winning transgender drama A Fantastic Woman made such a splash in 2018. Applying a much less colourful palette to this downbeat slice-of-life, Lelio benefits from the vivacity and depth Rachel Weisz brings to Ronit, the estranged daughter of a rabbi (Anton Lesser) whose death recalls her from New York where she works as a photographer. The visit stirs up resentments and tensions from the past, most devastatingly between her two oldest friends, buttoned-up rabbi Dovid (Alessandro Nivola, on fine form) and teacher Esti (Rachel McAdams, with a note-perfect English accent), now his wife. Relics from the past among her father's effects conspire to dampen Ronit's free spirit, and while she reawakens Esti's passion, Lelio intelligently captures a time and place, offering a candid insight into a cloistered culture that refuses to take sides.

Credits

Cast

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Ronit KrushkaRachel Weisz
Esti KupermanRachel McAdams
Dovid KupermanAlessandro Nivola
Moshe HartogAllan Corduner
Rav KrushkaAnton Lesser
Rabbi GoldfarbNicholas Woodeson
Miss ScheinbergCara Horgan
Fruma HartogBernice Stegers
LevMark Stobbart

Crew

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DirectorSebastián Lelio

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Artificial Eye
Released on
2018-11-30
Languages
English | Hebrew
Guidance
sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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