Women Misbehaving

Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams in Disobidence

BY: Claire Connors

Is there anything sexier than forbidden desire? Add a schmatta or two, and you’ve hit gelt (or gold in Yiddish). In Disobedience, we’ve got both. Set in the secular world of Hassidic Jews in London, the story is a classic tale of love, loss, and reuniting. The only difference here, is the two lovers are women. Rachel Weisz plays Ronit, a lesbian cast out from her Jewish community for her decidedly unacceptable sexual proclivities. When Ronit was young, she falls madly, deeply for her childhood friend, Esti. But as their love blooms, she’s shunned from her family and community.

A few decades later, when Ronit’s relative dies, she returns home to mourn with her estranged brother, played by the always versatile Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off), only to find him married…to Esti (Rachel McAdams). As emotions rise, so does the sexual tension between the two women. Soon Esti is shedding her wig and her inhibitions, and making out with Ronit in every dark alley in town. Needless to say, this doesn’t sit well with the rest of the community.

Directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio, who’s film A Fantastic Woman just won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Lelio is clearly a man who understands and loves women. His next film, Gloria is the American version of his 2013 breakout film, Gloria. The English edition stars Julianne Moore as a woman of a certain age, who finds romance with younger men in the discos of Los Angeles.

Disobedience opens April 27th, and Gloria later this year.