From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Based on Naomi Alderman's book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
From the same director
Anton Lesser (Rav Krushka), Alessandro Nivola (Dovid Kuperman), Allan Corduner (Moshe Hartog), Nicholas Woodeson (Rabbi Goldfarb), David Fleeshman (Yosef Kirschbaum), Steve Furst (Dr. Gideon Rigler), Rachel Weisz (Ronit Krushka), Trevor Allan Davies (Tattooed Man), Sophia Brown (Photographic Studio Assistant), Anthony Dowding (Man in Bar), Bernice Stegers (Fruma Hartog), Clara Francis (Hinda), Rachel McAdams (Esti Kuperman), Lia Cohen (Rina), Cara Horgan (Miss Scheinberg), Orlando Brooke (Student 1), Dominic Applewhite (Student 2), Omri Rose (Student 3), Liza Sadovy (Rebbetzin Goldfarb), Ruth Lass (Wig Shop Assistant), Alexis Zegerman (Rivka), Benjamin Tuttlebee (Shmuli), Mark Stobbart (Lev), Rose Walker (Sara), Caroline Gruber (Mrs. Hannah Shapiro)...
Glen Basner (executive producer), Daniel Battsek (executive producer), Ben Browning (executive producer), Rachel Dargavel (line producer), Rose Garnett (executive producer), Miles Godwin (line producer: New York unit), Nicholas Goldfarb (co-producer: New York unit (as Nick Goldfarb)), Ed Guiney (producer (produced by)), Eric Laufer (executive producer), Genevieve Lemal (producer: For Scope)...
"Disobedience" brings the story of Ronit. As the movie opens, we see a rabbi teaching at a London synagogue and collapsing, only to die. We then get to know Ronit, a Jewish photographer in New York, who gets the news that her father has died. She flies to London and when she arrives, she is met by her cousin Dovid, who is not exactly welcoming her with open arms. In fact, the entire family looks wearily at Ronit, who left for New York years ago. Ronit is surprised when she learns that Dovid has married Esti, Ronit's childhood friend. It's not long before we understand that there is something deeper between Ronit and Esti. To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Sebastian Lelio, who just months ago won the Best Foreign Language Movie Oscar for "A Fantastic Woman" and before that directed the excellent "Gloria". Here he brings to the big screen the novel of the same name by British writer Naomi Alderman. He once again brings the story of a very strong woman, albeit in a completely different context. The movie is set in an Orthodox Jewish community in London, and with all of the strong social pressure and rules and expectations that this entails. Enter Rachel Weisz in the role of Ronit and as producer of the movie. Weisz is nothing short of sensational in this role. She is helped immensely by the two other lead performers, Rachel McAdams as Esti (is it just me, but I did have a hard time buying her British accent) and an almost unrecognizable Alessandro Nivola as Dovid. The last third of the movie more or less wiped me out emotionally, and that's all I will say about it. least but certainly not least, there is a fabulous orchestral score courtesy of British composer Matt Herbert (who also scored "A Fantastic Woman"). Incidentally, director Sebastian Lelio's next movie is a Hollywood remake of his superb "Gloria" movie, this time starring Julianne Moore, and I'm cringing just a little bit (why mess with a near-perfect movie in the first place?).
"Disobedience" premiered at last Fall's Toronto International Film Festival to immediate acclaim. The movie finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, I am happy to report. If you are in the mood for a heavy duty character study/relationship drama that happens to be set within the Orthodox Jewish community in London, that which stars Rachel Weisz at the top of her game, you cannot go wrong with this. I readily suggest you check out "Disobedience', be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
Ronit Krushka: Esti, do you think I should go back early?
Esti Kuperman: No... no. No, I don't think you should leave at all.
Desobediência (Brazil) • Ulydighed (Denmark) • Disobedience (Spain) • Tottelemattomuus (Finland) • Désobéissance (France) • A rabbi meg a lánya (Hungary (festival title)) • She'ahava nafshi (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Desobediencia (Mexico) • Ulydighet (Norway) • Nieposluszne (Poland)
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