"Disobedience" has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now looking to be distributed in the United States.
Like you, I have to wait for the release to see it but I have read a lot of reviews and the authors are very positive. Except for the end of the movie …
"Disobedience" will be a beautiful and emotionally nuanced drama.
It's a lesbian love story again but this time in the Orthodox Jewish community. The movie is an adaptation of Naomi Alderman's novel of the same name which was released in 2006. The script was co-written by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Photographer Ronit Khruska (Rachel Weisz) lives in New York. When she returns to her hometown, she realizes that her childhood friends Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) were married. Dovid will become a rabbi so Esti's life is very codified by religion and totally opposed to Ronit.
But during Shabbat dinner, one realizes that an attraction, and even a dormant romance, has existed for several years between Ronit and Esti. As time goes by, the romance soon becomes molten.
The two actresses offer exceptional performance with a variety of emotions and desires. McAdams would even be the revelation of the film. Her character evolves into a life codified by religion and yet, one feels that she is a strong woman who has real cravings.
About the end of the movie, it could be disappointing. A blogger on Indiewire finishes his review with this question: "May you live a long life," the Orthodox people regularly say to one another. But what good is a long life if it isn’t the one you wanted?
We'll see but this might imply that "Disobedience" is the kind of movie with two women in love who don't end together.
There is no trailer and release date yet. I'll let you know.