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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.

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