MUN Cinema Series: Disobedience
Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
DISOBEDIENCE (UK, Ireland, USA 2017) 114 min. Directed by Sebastián Lelio. With Anton Lesser, Alessandro Nivola, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson et al. We showed Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman last season. Here he follows up with another searing tale of repression, also centred on women, but this time the lens is focused on the Orthodox Jewish community of London. This fine cast is headed up by the always stunning Rachel Weisz as the daughter who ran away. When her father, the rabbi, drops dead, Ronit returns to the community she long ago fled for modern times. It’s a bit like waking up to a world that hasn’t changed. Childhood friends, the rituals of devotion, intellectual debates are all still intensely present, compelling Ronit to measure her new, less restrictive life against the one–and the people–she left behind. There are no good or bad guys here. Lelio is more interested in difference and in the chosen—or destined—paths of people’s lives. This is a lovely, moving film by a talented auteur.
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