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“Disobedience” – Sebastián Lelio, Rachel McAdams, and Rachel Weisz: Hollywood Film Tribute

Today we are recognizing Disobedience, as well as co-writer/director Sebastián Lelio, plus co-stars Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking.

Even though Rachel Weisz was justly nominated for her turn in The Favourite this year, it’s still a shame that her even stronger work in Disobedience wasn’t given similar attention. Her performance in Sebastián Lelio’s movie, along with that of Rachel McAdams (not to mention Alessandro Nivola), is so moving and full, you can’t help but be blown away. Oscar ignored this film, but today, we won’t be…

Here is a bit from our rave review published all the way back in April:

When you’re an independent film, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. That can especially be the case when opening up early on in the year and/or against a massive blockbuster movie. This week, we have a truly wonderful indie opening up against a true behemoth. The latter is obviously Avengers: Infinity War, though the former is Disobedience. A well liked title last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s also currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s tremendously good and honestly one of my favorites of 2018 so far. If you’re not looking for comic book fare, you have a top notch other option to consider. Read on to find out why…

The film is a romantic drama. Distributor Bleeker Street describes it as such: “From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.” The simple IMDb synopsis is as follows: “A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.” Watching Ronit Krushka (Weisz) and Esti Kuperman (McAdams) connect is truly electric, and that’s not even including their relationships with Rabbi Dovid Kuperman (Nivola). The less said, the better, but it’s powerful stuff. Lelio co-writes with Lenkiewicz and directs, while supporting players include Allan Corduner, Cara Horgan, Anton Lesser, Bernice Stegers, Nicholas Woodeson, and more. Matthew Herbert provides the score, while some top notch cinematography comes to us from Danny Cohen.

I loved this movie. It has sparks flying from start to finish, both romantic and non romantic. The trio of McAdams, Nivola, and Weisz honestly make the screen couple of the year, as an unconventional triad. You’ll see what I mean when you see the film, but it tells this story in a truly unique way. There’s a sex scene that could generate some controversy, but the bond between three people is truly what’s at its core. It’s really a discovery. Lelio was an awards favorite last year for A Fantastic Woman, and it’s possible that he could find himself in play again this year with this one.

Photos Courtesy Bleecker Street Media

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