Chilean director Sebastián Lelio makes a move into English-language cinema with Disobedience, a tale of forbidden love, loneliness and the pressures of religion starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.
Based on the novel by Naomi Alderman – who recently won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for the excellent The Power – the film stars Weisz as Ronit, an English woman from London’s Orthodox Jewish community now settled in New York. After receiving some bad news, she returns home and is reunited with a former closer friend, Esti, with whom she had an intense affair before leaving for the States.
Now a schoolteacher and married to a man, Ronit’s reappearance sets Esti’s life – one of piety and tradition – completely off-course. Beautifully acted by both McAdams and Weisz, it’s a powerful piece of work and a worthy follow-up to Lelio’s Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman.
(Shown in English with Spanish subtitles at Renoir Floridablanca and Yelmo Cines Icaria.)