Wednesday 19 December 2018

Disobedience review: 'The acting’s excellent, but the story feels over-deliberate at times'

3 stars

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in Disobedience
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in Disobedience
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Sebastian Lelio’s solemn drama stars Rachel Weisz as Ronit Krushna, a New York-based photographer who comes back to the north London Jewish community she grew up in when her father, a much loved rabbi, dies.

She returns to a frosty reception, and though neighbours keep wishing her “a long life”, they tend to mean the opposite.

Her childhood friend David (Alessandro Nivola) is pleased to see her and takes her home to meet his wife.

But Ronit and Esti (Rachel McAdams) are old friends too, and their forbidden love for each other is about to violently resurface.

The acting’s excellent, but the story feels over-deliberate at times.

(15A, 114mins, releasing Nov 30)


 

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