Disobedience (2017)

Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola in this romantic drama set among the North London Jewish community where the death of a rabbi reconnects his estranged daughter with her childhood lover / best friend.

A family drama with a relatively chaste lesbian sex scene (fully clothed stars gobbing in each other’s mouths passionately) lobbed right bang in the centre. Like Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman it explores grief as much as exclusion and heterosexual prejudice. Unlike A Fantastic Woman it has no surreal escapes from reality or sense of desperate urgency or threat. Maybe that’s more realistic but it certainly is a lot more boring. Weisz is the only lead who excels in her role, everyone else isn’t “bad” per se but there not a lot either of vibrancy or subtlety on display.

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