Identifies implicit psychological oppression in religious institutions with aplomb. A fascinating response that humanises the faith in a way that is critical but loving. A strong addition to the LGBTQ affirming catalogue of cinema.
What I enjoyed the most about Disobedience (and wish the film touched on more) was the ambivalence of free will within the framework of religion. The imposed shame of embracing one's free will collides spectacularly with the frustration of resisting it in order to rightly serve a higher purpose. The diamond that emerges as a result of these pressures makes for a great little love story.
The core three performances (Weisz, McAdams, and Nivola) really drive up my esteem of the film. Further, the depiction of Judaism is neutral/fair/honest in a way that leaves room for it be both a positive representation and repressive of the two lovers. It's a complicated and beautiful film.
What really resonated with me was evaluating how these two women dealt with the repercussions of the choices they made. Not acting on their emotions and ignoring their sexuality. Living in such a repressed state for so long. One of the most rewarding feelings watching the film was seeing their liberation, leading to one of the most sensual and emotional sex scenes I've seen in a movie in recent memory.
Relentlessly somber. Missing some other plot line to occupy screen time. Weisz, McAdams, and Nivola are great, but they deserved a meatier script. Death of estranged father=Plot A. Reunited illicit lovers=Plot B. Plot C looked like it would be about the house, but no. We needed some other tangible plot line, maybe a secret about a choice her mother made... Anything to give us a fully rounded movie.
A beautifully tender and emotional story of freedom and love in a disapproving space of society that keeps us engaged in its two female leads as well as their male co-star Alessandro Nivola who shows so much nuance in his conflicted role at balancing his responsibilities with his emotions on his personal life.