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Disobedience (15)


British drama in which a woman returns to her home-town for her father's funeral, but her arrival rekindles a forbidden love affair.

The critical consensus

The film feels less sure-footed as it wears on, culminating in an ending that's undoubtedly cathartic but also a little clumsy.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 26/11/2018

Brilliantly directed by the Chilean-Argentine Sebastián Lelio, Disobedience is very different from typical British realist drama. Lelio gives even the most humdrum scenes shot in drab, grey north-London houses and streets an unlikely lyricism.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 28/11/2018

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's follow-up to A Fantastic Woman is the story of same-sex love within the Orthodox Jewish community, but it's a drab affair lacking passion and colour.

**(*)(*)(*)Katie Goh, The Skinny, 28/11/2018

Stacks the dramatic decks so much in favour of its protagonists that their dilemma feels a little quaint.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 29/11/2018

An understated yet profound examination of identity and self-sacrifice, this honest depiction of repressed romance will unashamedly tug at every heart string.

****(*)Chloe Catchpole, Empire Online, 30/11/2018

[Rachel Weisz is] let down by weak material and a film which looks down on too many of its characters.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 30/11/2018

A well-rounded piece on sexuality and repression in the confines of an orthodox community.

****(*)Tamarin Fountain, The Wee Review, 06/01/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday January 4, 2019, until Monday January 7, 2019. More info:

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