Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Disobedience

An arty New York photographer (Rachel Weisz) receives news her estranged London father had past away and goes back to the environment she grew up in: a tight orthodox Jewish community.
The people there aren’t too excited with her presence, and as Disobedience rolls along we learn why: the now very secular woman is viewed as a troublemaker on account of her past romance with a fellow orthodox Jewish girl (Rachel McAdams), who is still a part of the community, is married, and fits in the orthodox culture. Disobedience follows both our two heroes as well as the way this very tight community manages the situation.
Disobedience may not be the first film about forbidden love, but it does have certain attractions. On the general side, there are the performances of Weisz and particularly McAdams. On the more personal side, there was the aspect of a father dying far far away in another country, as well as the aspect of a child that grows to distance themselves from the religion of their heritage yet finds themselves forced to interact with it during family gatherings.
In other words, I expect to not be the only person in the world with much to identify with in Disobedience.
Overall: I’ll be generous to Disobedience, on account of its acting, and hand it 3.5 out of 5 crabs.

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