Writer: Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Screenplay) Naomi Alderman (Novel)
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Bernice Stegers
Plot: A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
Tagline – Love is an act of defiance
Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Long and Dull
Story: Disobedience starts when photographer Ronit Krushka (Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish community after her father’s death, she isn’t remembered by the community after her past, she stays with Dovid Kuperman (Nivola) and his wife Esti (McAdams) as they experience the grieving process together.
Once back together Ronit and Esti’s love is reignited their position in the community as Esti is now in respected member of the community, teaching the next generation, following the rules of the faith, can they be together or not.
Thoughts on Disobedience
Characters – Ronit is a photographer that was shunned by her religion because of her attraction to a woman, she returns after her father dies and sparks between her and Esti start again, she hasn’t followed the traditions like Esti and doesn’t mind being out of place with the rest. Esti settled down and started following the rules of the faith, the return of Ronit lets her experience a love she hasn’t dealt with in years. Dovid is the husband of Esti, one of the most respected of all of the community, he is strictly following all the rules of the faith.
Story – The story here follows two women who are in love, one has been banished from the community, while the other put her love aside to follow the traditional faith of everything. we follow how they get a second chance and how the lives will be thrown upside down for going against their religion. Sure this is a solid enough story about going against the normal, but the pacing is so slow and not much truly goes one through the film
Romance – The romance of this film shows us just how difficult falling in love can be, if it is against the faith others will judge you, this is important to see how it is dealt with but not the most interesting when it comes to actual romance.
Settings – The film shows us the settings that the community would be in and how together the people would be in everyday life.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the films which I feel with split the audience down the middle, some people will say it is important others will say it is boring, like myself.
Overall: Too long and not interesting enough.