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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intimate, mature relationship between two complex women.

Movie R 2018 114 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Laughable in its accuracy level

This film takes hours to have the camera linger on superflous scenes, and the orthodox jews are innacurate. It is dumb.
age 18+

Warped misrepresentation of Orthodox Judaism

Just from watching the trailer, it is glaringly evident that the producers of this movie do not understand the Orthodox Jewish world and base the plot off preconceived biases. Orthodox Jews as a whole have strong values and do not follow the laws out of meek "obedience." I would look elsewhere for an accurate glimpse into true Orthodox Jewish beliefs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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With an intuitive insight into women's survival instincts, Chilean director Sebastian Lelio builds a powerful portrait of a secret, struggling relationship, fleshed out by two fine performances. Lelio makes his English-language debut with Disobedience, which is based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. As with Lelio's two previous movies -- Gloria and the Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman -- this film depicts a complex diorama of pain and longing, a yearning for acceptance but also a bracing for loneliness. Lelio has a sure touch for performance as well as for composition and tone, and the result is an intelligent, emotionally true movie that never steps wrong.

Weisz gives one of her finest performances as the deeply flawed Ronit, who perhaps hoped to have things both ways and is dismayed that her choices may have led to heartbreak. She's not entirely sympathetic, even if her feelings are totally understandable. McAdams is also superb as a woman who escaped in a different way, into the stability of a marriage she doesn't have her whole heart in, simply because she didn't have anywhere else to go. Separately, Esti and Ronit inhabit a chilly, overcast world of houses and rooms and rituals, wandering through in medium-wide shots. But their moments together, of release and confession, are close-up and intimate, as well as breathtaking and profound.

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