Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
Release Date: Fri 03 Aug 2018
Hot on the heels of his Oscar-winning feature A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio’s follow up Disobedience tells the story of forbidden love, faith, and the consequences of suppressed desire on family and community.
Rachel Weisz plays Ronit, who, on returning to the community that shunned her, reignites a passion with her now married childhood friend, Esti; portrayed by Rachel McAdams. Disobedience considers themes of women unable to express themselves in highly conservative societies, and the conflict of religion and identity. Lelio presents these complexities in a rather unemphatic and sombre style in his English language debut. However, his beautifully composed storytelling, combined with intense and introspective character studies by both leads, delivers to the audience an incisive and sensitive portrayal of liberations against the prejudices of a strict and traditional Orthodox Jewish community.