Movie Review: ‘DISOBEDIENCE’ a stirring love story that doesn’t judge its players


Preston Barta // Features Editor


Rated R, 114 minutes.
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Rachel WeiszRachel McAdamsAlessandro NivolaAllan CordunerNicholas WoodesonDavid FleeshmanCara Horgan and Steve Furst

DISOBEDIENCE is as refreshing a love story as last year’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. Not because it’s about two people (a very good Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) of the same sex who fall in love with one another, but because it neither rushes its story (about a woman who returns to her Jewish Orthodox community to bury her late father and reignites her passions with a childhood friend) or judges its characters.

Everyone has clear fears and motivations for their feelings. Even the husband of McAdams’ character (Alessandro Nivola), a young rabbi looking to take over for the community’s elderly rabbi, isn’t vilified. It’s both respectful of the community’s traditions and presents a human story we can connect with. It’s a great, tension-filled drama that addresses complex issues (religion, sexuality and family) and challenges viewers to consider their own responses to these issues.

Grade: B+

DISOBEDIENCE opens in limited release this weekend.
Dallas: Angelika Film Center in Plano and Magnolia Theatre in Dallas.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.