In his first film made outside his native Chile, Sebastián Lelio (A FANTASTIC WOMAN, GLORIA) directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
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, she returns home to pay her respects and receive 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 cherishes. Disobedience is much more than a topical culture-war drama filtered through passion. It is a thoughtful, tender story about discovering what you truly believe, and fighting for it.
(Ireland, UK, USA / 2018 / Directed by Sebastian Lelio)
R / 114 mins.