Directed by Sebastián Lelio. US. 2017. R. 1 hour 56 minutes. Bleecker Street. Digital.
Fri., May 25, 2018 thru Thu., June 7, 2018
Ends Thu, Jun 7.
From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a 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.
“Certain people will go see “Disobedience” because it’s the work of an Academy Award-winning filmmaker; other ones will come to watch two beautiful movie-star Rachels have wild sex in a hotel room. They’ll both get what they came for, more or less. Weisz and McAdams are excellent — and in McAdams’ case especially, remarkably stripped of vanity and affectation — though it’s Nivola (“A Most Violent Year,” “Laurel Canyon”) who really surprises. His Dovid zigs where the script might let him zag, finding the imperfect heart of a character who easily could have been a cuckolded cliché. …If the film itself feels like a little less than the sum of its provocative premise, it’s still moving in its own unshowy way: a quietly profound exploration of identity, sacrifice, and the connection all human beings long for, whether or not their God or their family or their community approves.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“Director Lelio is deeply keyed in to women’s stories. He’s currently remaking his wonderful 2013 Spanish-language film “Gloria,” about a 50-something woman navigating the dating scene, with Julianne Moore. “Disobedience” is, of course, mostly about women, but what about the guy? Nivola is one of those stealth actors who adds a brushstroke (or more) of grace to every film in which he appears. As the deeply traditional husband Dovid, he taps the ways oppressiveness and generosity can intermingle. In “Disobedience,” three people reckon with the cost and meaning of freedom. Everybody pays. But if it were free, what would it be worth?” – Stephanie Zacharek, Time
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