disoBedience (Sebastián Lelio) is well done, if not entirely convincing. New York City photographer Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns home to London after the death of her father, an esteemed rabbi. She’s nervous about encountering Esti (Rachel McAdams), who had been her very secret lover and is now married to Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), another former close friend of Ronit’s, who’s in line to be the next rabbi. Esti has been a dutiful wife for years, but can’t resist Ronit. Lelio excels at creating ambiguity, and Weisz is excellent as a woman who struggles to rebel and be respectful at the same time. But McAdams is the key here, conveying the inner conflict between her duty and her desire, forbearing on one hand, sexy on the other. But her inner conflict is over-simplified, not taking into account how religious gays are often less concerned about their duty to spouses than their fear of losing spiritual fulfillment within Judaism. And why does Dovid agree to let Ronit stay with him and Esti, knowing his wife’s history? Still the essence of the film is hard to resist and the Rachels have great chemistry. 114 minutes. nnn (Susan G. Cole)
Rachels Weisz (left) and McAdams fall in love in Disobedience.