Disobedience Drama

'Disobedience' TIFF 2017 Review: An understated drama that focuses on love, truth and freedom

September 20, 2017Britany Murphy

Many people spend their entire lives trying to find what it is that makes them feel free. But when you’re born into a community that neither wants nor allows you to embrace your true self, the desire to flee — especially for love — knows no bounds.

Having long left the strict confines of her Orthodox Jewish upbringing and community behind, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns back to her hometown when she gets word that her father, a well-respected rabbi, has died. Her first contact is with her childhood friend and her father’s most-prized pupil, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola). But as the pair catch up on the events that have transpired in the years since they last saw each other, Ronit discovers that Dovid is married to her former teenage love, Esti (Rachel McAdams), prompting her to revisit that forbidden relationship.

Based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, Disobedience is a strong first foray into English-language filmmaking from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio (Gloria). With the principal cast putting forward truly award-worthy performances, this is a movie that shows the lengths one will go to for love and freedom.

Disobedience is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 54 min.

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