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

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Preston Barta // Features Editor

DISOBEDIENCE

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

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.