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Disobedience

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United Kingdom, Ireland, United States
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2017

Rated R · 1h 54m

Director Sebastián Lelio
Starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Cara Horgan

Genre Drama, Romance

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A woman learns about the death of her Orthodox Jewish father, a rabbi. When she returns home for the funeral, her romantic feelings are rekindled for her childhood best friend, who is now married to her cousin. A beautifully crafted and acted portrait of female desire causing friction with the patriarchy.

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80

Variety by Andrew Barker

None of these three characters are tidy, but neither is desire, nor faith, nor love, and Lelio resists every opportunity to make them so.
75

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Disobedience is a beautiful, fraught, and emotionally nuanced drama that wrestles with hard questions about the tension between the life we’re born into and the one we choose for ourselves.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip.
75

Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

In the end, Disobedience is less about the subjugation of the self to the group than the courage to embrace uncertainty if one were to break out of the prison of a world one has been born into.
75

The Associated Press by Lindsey Bahr

McAdams and Weisz are on fire in Disobedience showing sides to their talents that we’ve never seen before in this truly unique film. Disobedience might not look like it’s for everyone on the surface, but its specificity is what makes it worthy and, almost, great.
60

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

The director Sebastián Lelio should have been a good fit for this story if only because of the sensitivity he’s brought to female-driven movies like “Gloria.” Although Disobedience seems to offer him similar material — female desire up against the patriarchy — it defeats him.

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