Disobedience
Director
Sebastián Lelio
Writer
Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Actors
Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Cara Horgan, Liza Sadovy, Omri Rose, Anton Lesser, Dominic Applewhite, Bernardo Santos, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, Alexis Zegerman, Mark Stobbart, David Olawale Ayinde, Adam Lazarus, Bernice Stegers, Dave Simon, Sophia Brown, Steve Furst, Trevor Allan Davies, Caroline Gruber
Runtime
1 h 54 min
Release Date
10 September 2017
Genres
Drama, Romance
Overview
A woman learns about the death of her Orthodox Jewish father, a rabbi. She returns home and has romantic feelings rekindled for her best childhood friend, who is now married to her cousin.
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DISOBEDIENCE

In Disobedience, it takes a while to understand the real problem plaguing this “once we were best friends” trio, but when you get there, the movie beautifully and heartbreakingly intertwines faith in God (“Word Hashem [God] is my life”), freedom, and choice. Rachel Weisz (The Lobster) as Ronit, estranged from her Rabbi father’s Othodox Jewish community outside of London, returns for his funeral. Rachel McAdams as Esti, now married to Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) – the future Rabbi – completes the best friend trio.

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Ronit and Esti instantly rekindle their love for each other and the struggle between love, faith, and the life you were born into versus the life you want, begins to unfold. Excellent story based upon a 2007 novel by Naomi Alderman – the two Rachels are incredible. When the Rachels are together the scenes are beautiful and/or heartbreaking and their sensual love scene is notable and definitely qualifies the movie for a mature themed R+ rating.  Some Yiddish spoken, Rachel McAdams wears a sheitel (wig) and a body suit, an Orthodox custom, and “May you live a long life” is often spoken. A serious and emotional movie worth watching.

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The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending

Ronit (Weisz) and Esti (McAdams) reconnect and go off to London for an incredibly sensual tryst.  Soon after, Esti figures out she is pregnant.  Ronit, a published photographer, offers to live with Esti in New York City.  Esti asks for freedom from the husband and the orthodox lifestyle and appears to be going to NYC.  At the Ronit’s Rabbi Fathers’s eulogy, Dovid preaches free will, gives Esti her freedom, and then he turns down the Rabbi position and leaves the eulogy.  Outside he embraces both women – which he could not do while training to be a Rabbi – but also symbolic of acceptance.  Esti then decides to stay with the husband and maintain contact with Ronit, whom she loves.

 

Movie Details

Director
Sebastián Lelio
Writer
Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Actors
Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Cara Horgan, Liza Sadovy, Omri Rose, Anton Lesser, Dominic Applewhite, Bernardo Santos, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, Alexis Zegerman, Mark Stobbart, David Olawale Ayinde, Adam Lazarus, Bernice Stegers, Dave Simon, Sophia Brown, Steve Furst, Trevor Allan Davies, Caroline Gruber
Runtime
1 h 54 min
Release Date
10 September 2017
Genres
Drama, Romance
Overview
A woman learns about the death of her Orthodox Jewish father, a rabbi. She returns home and has romantic feelings rekindled for her best childhood friend, who is now married to her cousin.

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