Disobedience is based on the book of the same name and follows Ronit, a woman returning to her Orthodox Jewish community after the death of her father.
You may not know writer/director Sebastián Lelio’s name, but you’ve probably heard about A Fantastic Woman, his Oscar-nominated film that’s currently trickling out worldwide. Well, he’s got another one coming right on its heels, with this one will likely to draw a larger audience given the high-profile actresses at the forefront.
Disobedience is based on the book of the same name and follows Ronit, a woman returning to her Orthodox Jewish community after the death of her father. So light stuff like familial and religious responsibility abound, and oh yeah, Ronit also had a childhood romance with the woman now married to her father’s protégé.
The description makes the story sound more scandalous than it is, as does this trailer, which plays up the few salacious moments in what is otherwise a contemplative story. The film will provide Rachel Weisz with a lot of subtle work to do as Ronit, and it will similarly stretch Rachel McAdams as her lost love, Esti.
The film earned rave reviews at TIFF last year, which is reassuring considering how easily this material could go wrong. Full disclosure: I picked up this book as soon as I heard about the film adaptation, and I kind of loved it. My hopes are high for this movie, and yours probably should be, too.
Disobedience is directed by Sebastián Lelio and stars Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, and Rachel McAdams. It will be released in the U.S. on April 27th, 2018 and in the U.K. on August 24th, 2018. Further release dates are not currently known.
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