Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola star in Oscar®-winning director Sebastián Lelio's (A Fantastic Woman) compassionate exploration of faith, sexuality, and freedom as told through the passionate love between two women within London's Orthodox Jewish community.
"But there's real satisfaction in watching her, McAdams and Nivola inhabit a fraught and complicated relationship, each performer filling every glance and pause with what their conflicted hearts are saying without words." Michael Phillips - The Chicago Tribune
Forbidden love, repressed passion, and a longing for freedom—these phrases all represent Academy Award® winner Sebastian Lelio's latest film, Disobedience. Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardner) is a non-practicing Orthodox Jew who has dismissed her religious upbringing to live as a lone photographer in New York. When her father, a powerful rabbi in the Orthodox Jewish community, passes away, Ronit reluctantly flies back to London to pay her respects and claim his inheritance. Once there, however, she happens to meet rabbi Dovid Kuperman (Alessandro Nivola, You Were Never Really Here) and his wife, Esti (Rachel McAdams, Spotlight). Dovid and Esti were once Ronit's childhood friends. Esti, however, shares a more special and delicate relationship with Ronit: the two women were once young lovers. As the days progress, Ronit's and Esti's desire for each other continue to grow and burn, threatening to harm their existence within the strict, rigid, and quiet Orthodox community. Dovid's marriage is put into peril as well, as Esti soon finds herself with the courage to speak from her heart about her love. Melancholic and nuanced, Lelio's Disobedience is a somber narrative of the hidden desires kept within close-knit communities under impossible laws. It is, moreover, a subtle film that hints upon the urges of human freedom and love.
The product of a nomadic childhood, Lelio is an experimental artist with multiple work in documentary, short and feature-length filmmaking. His passions lie in unpacking the meaning of religion as well as utilizing improvisation and a lack of dialogue in his fictional work to develop a unique experience for audiences.
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- Director: Sebastian Lelio
- Principal Cast: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Allan Corduner
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: United Kingdom, USA, Ireland
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 114 minutes
- Producer: Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco, Rachel Weisz
- Screenplay: Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
- Cinematographers: Danny Cohen
- Editors: Nathan Nugent
- Music: Matthew Herbert
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: A Fantastic Woman (2017); Gloria (2013); The Year of the Tiger (2011); Christmas (2009); The Sacred Family (2005)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Bleecker Street