Disobedience (2017)

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writer: Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Based on: Naomi Alderman‘s novel
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, David Fleeshman, Bernice Stegers
Seen on: 15.5.2020

Content Note: (critical treatment of) homomisia

Ronit (Rachel Weisz) left the Orthodox Jewish community where she grew up behind. But when her father (Anton Lesser) dies, she returns for the funeral. Reconnecting with her best friends Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), her father’s closest student, and Esti (Rachel McAdams), she learns that the two got married. This further complicates her return – because she left all those years ago because she and Esti were in love. And maybe they still are.

Disobedience is a film that finds its strength in the quiet moments and in the lead performances. But it’s also a film that left me with a sense of unease regarding its protrayal of both queerness and of the Orthodox Jewish community.

The film poster showing Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Ronit (Rachel Weisz) kissing.
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Colette (2018)

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Cast: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, Robert Pugh, Sloan Thompson, Arabella Weir, Máté Haumann, Ray Panthaki
Seen on: 7.1.2019

Content Note: abuse

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) grows up in rural France where she meets Willy (Dominic West), author and entrepreneur. They start an affair and eventually, Willy marries Gabrielle and brings her to Paris. Once there, she realizes that Willy has ghostwriters working for him and she quickly becomes roped into his business, too, to try to stave off the continuous money problems. But when she tries her own hand at writing, she finds herself completely under his thumb – at least for a while.

Colette was a fascinating woman so any biopic about her is bound to be interesting, particularly with as engaging a lead as Knightley. There were a couple of weaknesses in the script and a cis person cast as a trans character, but overall, it’s absolutely a solid film.

The film poster showing Colette (Keira Knightley) over the city scape of Paris. Everything is in different hues of pink.
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