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2018, Art House, Drama - Romantic

Disobedience (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman
Writers/Script Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Additional Info No-one is saying what sort of a Jewish community this is, but more than 20,000 Haradi Jews live in an enclosed community in Stamford Hill, London.
Director Sebastián Lelio
Starring Anton Lesser, Alessandro Nivola, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams
Elevator Pitch A successful New York photographer returns to her London roots when her father, the Rabbi of an enclosed Jewish community in London, dies. She finds that a woman with whom she was once emotionally involved is now married to the Rabbi’s potential successor, but even so they once more become involved, causing difficulties in the marriage and in the community.
Content There are a lot of awkward silences in the house occupied by the married couple, and silences when the future of the Rabbi’s house is revealed. Some visits to the synagogue and to the school where the married woman is a teacher. All of this within the physical and emotional boundaries of the community. The some snogging and further sexual activity both between the husband and wife, and more importantly between the two women. Drinking and smoking also takes place.
A View I suppose we’d call this Art House, which is not usually my style but as at last one critic has observed, there is no exposition, so nearly everything comes as a surprise, but if you have read this it won’t come as a surprise to you. It has been well liked by the critics and, for me, worth the ticket price. I thought the Rachels did really well, and the singing is beautiful.

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