Saturday, April 28, 2018

Movie Review: The flesh is willing in ‘Disobedience’

By Manhola Dargis
Domestic disobedience: from left, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola in Sebastián Lelio’s new film. Credit Bleecker Street
In “Disobedience,” the emotions are reserved, the palette muted, the rooms claustrophobic, the storytelling restrained. It’s almost a surprise that Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a successful art photographer living in New York, can breathe, given how drained of oxygen this frustrating movie is. It doesn’t seem especially airless at first, when Ronit is seen taking a portrait of a tattooed, bare-chested, much-older gent. Ronit is an uncomplicated exile from patriarchy, and demonstrably ill at ease among the Orthodox. In this, she clearly serves as a proxy for the secular viewer, who in “Disobedience” is invited to intimately witness the agony of faith but not its potentially more unfamiliar, more discomfiting ecstasy. [More]