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Disobedience Review

29 Apr

A tightly coiled web of emotions, all repressed and conflicting in ways that are difficult to fully express through film. The first half is understandably a bit uncertain with itself, given its job of establishing context while simultaneously having its characters reorient themselves around an extensive history. However, the film slowly moves into focus as the central characters reignite their passions, culminating in a love scene that is passionate and raw and beautifully filmed. McAdams and Weisz are both incredible throughout, perfectly calibrating what they do and don’t hold back without any sense of artificiality. It is perhaps through Nivola’s character that Lelio makes his most interesting choice: instead of this character serving as an impediment to love or a vilification of deeply rooted faith, he is just as conflicted as the two women. And it is through this trio that the film questions what it means to lose, to choose, and to have the ability to really, truly feel.

GRADE: B

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