Last fall we were pretty excited for the prospect of the Sebastián Leilo’s English-language debut Disobedience, starring Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams, to make a play during Oscar season but it didn’t quite pan out. After it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to strong reviews (especially for its cast), we waited to see who would scoop it up and if they’d make a play for a 2017 release. Bleecker Street nabbed it but held onto it for spring.
Based the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, Disobedience tells the story of a lesbian romance against the backdrop of an Orthodox Jewish setting. When Ronit (Weisz) returns home after her rabbi father dies, it stirs up dormant feelings in Esti (McAdams), an old childhood friend who is already under the watchful eye of her rabbi husband (played by Alessandro Nivola).
The trailer and the poster pull no punches with the eroticism of Ronit and Esti’s secret tryst and explores the binds of faith and the truth of love as defiance.
Bleecker Street will release Disobedience on April 27th.
Here is the trailer and poster.