Watch Disobedience full movie online free – The pacing is slow, sometimes too slow. The atmosphere is authentic. The major disappointment is Rachel Weisz who is simply not good. Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola are both outstanding. Well worth seeing.
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Disobedience review by rockman182 – Disobedience (2018)
Yes, there was another film that came out during Avengers: Infinity War release week. I was immediately excited for Disobedience as soon as I heard about it. I mean how could you not be? Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams (who I am infatuated with) in a film about a forbidden romance? I was so in. I did see Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman earlier this year, so I was really pleasantly surprised to hear he had another project out so soon. I can draw parallels between the two films and while Disobedience is not perfect and has lapses its well acted and has an interesting look at a religious community being scarred by a “scandalous” affair.
The film is about a woman who returns to a very strict Orthodox Jewish community when her father dies. While there she sees her former lover who is now married. The problem is the fact that people in the Jewish community do not know about the relationship that has occured and also because a lesbian affair is frowned upon in the community. Both women also must deal with harboring the feelings that they have for each other, while attempting to maintain their standing in the Jewish community.
The first thing that’s instantly noticeable about the film is its depth into an Orthodox Jewish world. The films backdrop is its strict nature and how a lesbian romance must be hidden from the community. Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams are great in this as expected, and have great chemistry. Their intimate scenes (which are very very intimate) are believable and are a strong point in selling the romance. I always knew McAdams was a talent since she had a good showing on season 2 of True Detective.
The film reminded me of A Fantastic Woman in a way because in that film there is a struggle to accept a transgender person, although the implications in that film are more hostile. I also couldn’t help but compare this film to Carol (which is one of the very best films of the decade). It’s nowhere near the levels of Carol but does a decent job for what the film is. There are lapses where the film seems slow and it suffers from its best moments being purely when Weisz and McAdams share the screen. It’s still a worthy watch, just don’t expect anything spectacular.
Disobedience review by Joe Stemme – Lelio’s fine followup to Fantastic Woman; bolstered by two Rachels
DISOBEDIENCE Director Sebastian Lelio’s follow-up to his Foreign Language Oscar winner A FANTASTIC WOMAN (about a transgender) with another story of women who express their identity not “through” their sexuality, but, “free” of those terms. And, being free is a term specifically used here. And, before this pair, Lelio’s GLORIA (about a woman of a certain age) was a similarly liberating woman’s tale.
DISOBEDIENCE begins with a death of Rabbi who leads a strict Orthodox Jewish community in London. His only child has not only left the church, but moved to New York City, Ronit (Rachel Weisz). Weisz returns for the funeral, but, isn’t entirely welcome. The Rabbi’s chosen successor is Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) who not only has taught him spiritually, but, made him into a surrogate son. Dovid and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams) invite Ronit to stay with them while all of the arrangements are made.
As the first section of the movie slowly unfolds both Ronit’s estrangement from her community and her bonds with her surrogate brother Dovid and Esti emerge. Ronit and Esti weren’t just childhood friends – but, soulmates. The layers of the relationships – both spiritual and emotional – verge on melodrama at times — often, deliberately so. It’s a delicate balance, but, Lelio largely navigates it well. The key here is the acting, and the two Rachels shine. There’s an honesty and a directness in both actresses’ work that becomes compelling. Nivola won’t get as much attention because his role is, by design, much more circumspect, but a lesser actor would have ruined the balance that the movie desperately requires in the part. He’s superb, even when sections of the movie border on the overwrought.
Lelio’s greatest attribute is the manner in which he has depicted the quartet of women over his last three pictures (this is his first in English). All of the women are outside of old fashioned ‘norms’, but, again, Lelio refuses to define his characters as outsiders. They are free to be themselves.
Disobedience review by bastille-852-731547 – Riveting, Thoughtful, Complex Drama
This new film from Sebastian Lelio tells the moving story of a woman who goes home to her Orthodox Jewish community in London for her father’s (a rabbi) funeral. While there, she falls in love with a woman she knew from the past. Lelio builds a stirring portrait of an Orthodox Jewish family that feels both close-knit and intricate at the same time. The culture of such a community is depicted in thoughtful detail without ever overshadowing the story’s primary motifs and motivations. The film’s script is uniquely written and mixes intense family drama with moments of dry humor or dramatic elements of a somewhat lighter tone. For those concerned that such shifts in the writing could make the film fear uneven, fear not: the narrative always feels satisfying from beginning to end. The film is able to use writing to generate genuine emotional power, although it takes time to build up to such a crescendo in the movie’s quietly moving finale.
As far as the acting is concerned, fans of Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams will not be disappointed here. Both actresses are outstanding in their respective roles, although I will say Weisz is slightly better. She is able to show a genuine range of acting technique in her role, and remains captivating for viewers to watch from beginning to end. My only real criticism of this film is that the pacing can be rather spotty at times, and can sometimes be slower than it needs to be given audiences’ abilities to absorb plot details. While the film never feels boring or annoying at all (unless, of course, one only wants to watch explosions and CGI when you go to the movies,) audiences sometimes feel a bit ready to move on with the narrative before a specific moment in the film may progress. Otherwise, this is a great and thoughtful drama that addresses thought-provoking issues in the world today (religion, sexuality, and family) while boldly challenging audiences to consider their own responses to such issues themselves. Gladly recommended.
Disobedience review by Michaeljtrubic – very complex and very well done
This project attracted the efforts of an abundance of talents because these are very good roles. Men and women alike. Roles that actors really want.
The complexity of the two leading lady roles must have drawn an abundance of female actresses and the two Rachels are close to perfect.
The Q&A was particularly revealing.
The young and very witty director shone at the Q&A.
This was his first English language film from this Spanish speaking Chilean director and for him to put together a smooth running evenly paced film with such complexity is very illustrative of his talent and abilities.
As to which female role is the supporting role I am not sure. They are both very good roles.