The trailer for the forthcoming Disobedience movie has arrived and sees Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams deeply in love but restrained by their strict religion. Disobedience is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman which explores the bisexuality of a Rabbi’s daughter as she returns to her Orthodox Jewish community after a period away. The book was very well received upon release, garnering critical acclaim and a smattering of awards including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year award and the Jewish Book Council’s 2007 prize for literature.
A movie adaptation of Disobedience began production around 2016 and premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival to a positive reaction. It has since been picked up for release in the United States this April and in August for the United Kingdom. Directed by Sebastián Lelio and written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Rachel Weisz portrays the book’s protagonist, Ronit, with McAdams playing her love interest. Weisz also acted as a producer on the project.
An official trailer for Disobedience has now been released via U.S. distributors, Bleecker Street. The trailer shows an intense and dramatic tale of forbidden love, religious intrigue and a community that secludes itself from the wider world. The trailer also introduces the character of Rabbi Kuperman, McAdams’ on-screen husband who is immediately suspicious about Ronit’s return to London.
The Disobedience trailer does a perfect job of showcasing the fine acting skills of Weisz and McAdams and surely puts the film in early contention for next year’s award season. However, the clip also makes no secret of Disobedience‘s themes of sexual freedom and the restrictive nature of Orthodox religion. Certainly, Disobedience is not going to be a relaxing, family-friendly watch but cinema-goers looking for a thought-provoking and intelligent piece of gripping drama will no doubt be well-catered for here.
As one would expect, the novel of Disobedience did attract some controversy but it’s interesting to note that the book was well received by the larger Jewish community for its handling of the subject matter and the same should probably be expected of the big screen version. While the topics at play in Disobedience may at times make for uncomfortable viewing – even in the trailer there is talk of “curing” non-heterosexuality – the film is bound to spark debate and draw attention to the fact the while the majority of the Western world is now accepting and tolerant of homosexuality and bisexuality, there are still entire communities that feel otherwise.
Source: Bleecker Street
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