Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
The English-language debut from Oscar-winning Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) is a rich and impressive drama about a woman returning home to the Orthodox Jewish community of North London and rekindling a romance with her childhood friend – now the wife of an admired young rabbi. Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, Disobedience is based on British author Naomi Alderman’s novel and premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 to rave reviews.
Very much the black sheep of her family, photographer Ronit (Weisz) is happily living a bohemian life in New York until she has to return home for a family emergency. In London she discovers that her friend and Esti (McAdams), who meant much more to her than anyone else, is now married to a rabbi (Alessandro Nivola). As their passionate feelings for each other start to surface again, so do the suspicions of their conservative community.
Much more than a topical culture-war drama, Disobedience is a powerful love story about discovering what you truly believe in, and fighting for it.