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Disobedience – Review

(L to R) Rachel Weisz as Ronit Krushka, Rachel McAdams as Esti Kuperman and Alessandro Nivola as Dovid Kuperman in Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Bleecker Street

In Disobedience, Rachel Weisz stars as a woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish community in London for the funeral of her father, a revered rabbi. Years earlier, Ronit (Weisz) had left the community she had grown up in, forced out over a sexual attraction to another girl, Esti (Rachel McAdams), while the other girl chose to remain and submitting to obeying the rules of the community. The consequences of those different choices, for their and others lives in the community, and the very concept of free will are the themes of director Sebastian Lelio’s thoughtful, nuanced English-language drama Disobedience.

Disobedience offers the gifted Rachel Weisz a role worthy of her talents and Weisz gives an outstanding performance as Ronit.
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Film Review: Strange Story of ‘Disobedience’ is Constant Distraction

Chicago – The director Sebastían Lelio is no stranger to oddball human stories. His 2017 film, “A Fantastic Woman” – the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film – was a one-of-a-kind but amazingly poignant story of identity. His latest, “Disobedience,” mines the same human territory with lesser results.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The film is based on a novel by Naomi Alderman, and this is another film in the latest trend to infiltrate the world of Orthodox Jews (like the recent “Menashe” and upcoming “To Dust”). The two Rachels – Weisz and McAdams – portray lovers brought together again through the circumstance of the death of a Orthodox rabbi… who happens to be the father of Weisz’s character. The return of that character to her roots upsets the delicate balance of the closed society. The key and centerpiece lesbian relationship is entirely distracting to the larger themes of the story, not helped by the two familiar performers playing out the affair.
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The Crown Casts Jason Watkins To Play Harold Wilson; Helena Bonham Carter Confirmed For Season 3

Long live the Queen.

The Crown, arguably the jewel of Netflix’s original series, is gearing up to shoot its third and fourth seasons back-to-back, and the online streamer has today rolled out the red carpet for its ensemble cast.

Chief among them is newcomer Jason Watkins, who has clinched the role of former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. He’s the latest cabinet member to feature on The Crown, given previous installments of the popular period drama have carved out room for Winston Churchill (John Lithgow), Clement Attlee (Simon Chandler), Anthony Eden (Jeremy Northam) and Harold Macmillan (Anton Lesser).

We also have confirmation that former Harry Potter actress Helena Bonham Carter is now officially on board to play Princess Margaret, a role previously occupied by Vanessa Kirby. Here’s what Carter had to say about her casting:

I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice
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Movie Review – Disobedience (2018)

Disobedience, 2018.

Written and Directed by Sebastián Lelio.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Cara Horgan, Nicholas Woodeson, Allan Corduner, Sophia Brown, and Bernice Stegers.


A woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Disobedience sees Oscar-winning filmmaker for last year’s foreign features, Sebastian Lelio, continuing to explore much of the same themes touched upon in A Fantastic Woman; grieving the loss of a loved one is a human right, self-discovery, freedom of choice, and how alienating society can be to those with differing beliefs and lifestyles. At the end of that review, I wrote that the message can essentially be tidily summed up as one pleading with people to simply treat everyone with human decency, something that isn’t hard at all to carry out in day-to-day life.
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“Disobedience” is one of the best films of 2018 so far

When you’re an independent film, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. That can especially be the case when opening up early on in the year and/or against a massive blockbuster movie. This week, we have a truly wonderful indie opening up against a true behemoth. The latter is obviously Avengers: Infinity War, though the former is Disobedience. A well liked title last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s also currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s tremendously good and honestly one of my favorites of 2018 so far. If you’re not looking for comic book fare, you have a top notch other option to consider. Read on to find out why… The film is a romantic drama. Distributor Bleeker Street describes it as such: “From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she
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Endeavour: Season Six; TV Series Will Return But Some Cast Members Won't

Who's leaving Endeavour? RadioTimes reports some cast members will not return for season six of the ITV series.The UK drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., stars Shaun Evans as a young Detective Endeavour Morse. The cast also includes Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Dakota Blue Richards, Sean Rigby, James Bradshaw, Caroline O’Neil, and Abigail Thaw.Read More…
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Disobedience (2017) Movie Trailer: Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams’ Forbidden Romance

Disobedience Trailer Sebastian Lelio‘s Disobedience (2018) movie trailer stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, and Nicholas Woodeson. Disobedience‘s plot’s synopsis: based on the novel by Naomi Alderman, “The film follows Ronit (Weisz) as she returns from New York, after the death of her estranged rabbi father, to the Orthodox Jewish community in [...]

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Rachel McAdams & Rachel Weisz as Lovers in Trailer for 'Disobedience'

"We all thought we'd never see you again." Bleecker Street Films has unveiled the first official trailer for a romantic drama titled Disobedience, the latest film from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, who also made the Oscar-nominated film A Fantastic Woman last year. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and will hit limited theaters this April. Disobedience stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as forbidden Jewish lovers. Weisz plays Ronit, an Orthodox Jew who goes home to London, where she meets with a childhood friend and rediscovers her feelings for her. The cast includes Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson, Cara Horgan, and Allan Corduner. This looks like it might be splendid. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sebastián Lelio's Disobedience, direct from YouTube: A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after the death of her rabbi father and stirs up controversy when she
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SAG Awards predictions head-scratcher: Can ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ win drama without having the biggest cast?

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SAG Awards predictions head-scratcher: Can ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ win drama without having the biggest cast?
When it comes to the SAG Awards, size often matters. The most massive casts often run off with the ensemble prizes, which explains how “Lost” found victory at the 2005 ceremony, and how “Downton Abbey” (2012) was able to take down two-time champ “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2011). This year, however, Gold Derby’s SAG TV predictions favor Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” to prevail despite having the second-smallest cast. Are we crazy for going against bigger ensembles?

“The Handmaid’s Tale” boasts 10 cast members on the voting ballot, ahead of only Netflix’s “The Crown” at five. Comparatively, the other nominated dramas each feature more than a dozen actors: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” at 30, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” at 17 and NBC’s “This Is Us” at 13. In recent years “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” always had the biggest casts, with “Downton” beating the HBO fantasy series in 2014 and 2015.

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Movie Review – The Exception (2016)

The Exception, 2016.

Directed by David Leveaux.

Starring Jai Courtney, Lily James, Christopher Plummer, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Ben Daniels, and Anton Lesser.


In 1940, a German officer is sent to the Dutch residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II to oversee his security. But he’s also under orders to report on everything the former German leader does and says and to track down a rumoured spy in his midst. His task is complicated when he falls for the maid of the household who isn’t just Dutch, but also Jewish.

Among the greatest chat-up lines in history, the demand to “take your clothes off” deservedly languishes in the depths of the proverbial barrel. No subtlety, no charm. But it’s exactly what Captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) demands of maid Mieke de Jong (Lily James) when he first meets her. She, astonishingly, obliges but makes a point of turning the tables
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Disobedience’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Disobedience’
Four years after delving deep into the romantic troubles of a singles-bar-haunting fiftysomething in “Gloria,” and a few months after casting a sensitive eye on a young transgender waitress in the wake of tragedy in “A Fantastic Woman,” Chilean director Sebastian Lelio offers yet another striking and warmly nuanced portrait of the kinds of women whose internal lives are rarely portrayed on screen, tackling a lesbian love affair within London’s Orthodox Jewish community in “Disobedience.” Taking on his first English-language feature, he directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel, which begins as a case study in religious repression and gradually evolves into something much richer. Slower and more deliberate than some of his recent work, though anchored by a remarkably honest and unrestrained sex scene, “Disobedience” may not catapult Lelio beyond the arthouse world, but it’s yet another triumph in what’s shaping up to be a major
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‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Shine in the Orthodox Jewish ‘Carol’ — Tiff 2017

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‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Shine in the Orthodox Jewish ‘Carol’ — Tiff 2017
Sebastián Lelio’s “Disobedience” is a beautiful, fraught, and emotionally nuanced drama that wrestles with hard questions about the tension between the life we’re born into and the one we choose for ourselves. The title alone suggests a holy status quo, as well as a biblical impulse to spurn it. A lesbian love story that’s set in a community where unmarried men and women aren’t even allowed to touch each other and the patriarchy has made itself divinely unimpeachable, the film uses the preordination of sexuality as a lens through which to confront the strictures of faith and the role they impose on self-identity. And it does that with a sex scene in which Rachel Weisz delicately spits into Rachel McAdams’ mouth.

The movie opens inside an Orthodox synagogue in the London suburb of Hendon, where the frail rabbi (Anton Lesser) is sermonizing about how free will
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Queen Elizabeth Copes With Crises in Riveting Trailer for 'The Crown'

Queen Elizabeth Copes With Crises in Riveting Trailer for 'The Crown'
Queen Elizabeth II grapples politicians, paparazzi and crises at home and abroad in the riveting trailer for Season Two of The Crown. The series returns to Netflix December 8th.

Show creator Peter Morgan spun off his biographical series about Elizabeth II from his acclaimed 2006 film The Queen and 2013 stage play, The Audience. The Crown plans to chronicle the life of Queen Elizabeth over six seasons, with each season covering about 10 years. Season One took place between 1947 and 1955 and documented Elizabeth's marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her coronation, the resignation
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‘Game of Thrones’: 6 Signs That Cersei Is Turning Into Her Brat Joffrey

‘Game of Thrones’: 6 Signs That Cersei Is Turning Into Her Brat Joffrey
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) may have moved up in the world, but she seems to have regressed when it comes to her personality. In fact, day by day, she starts to resemble another spoiled and power-hungry despot that we’ve seen on “Game of Thrones” before: Her late son, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).

This would explain so much, though. While her kids Myrcella and Tommen were kind of sweet (perhaps taking after Jaime, who is a fool for love and shows signs of a conscience), Joffrey was the bad egg, rotten to the core, and without any redeeming qualities. At the time, he had seemed like an anomaly, the twisted result of the DNA lottery that comes with inbreeding. But now that Cersei the Queen Mother has become the sole monarch, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of Westeros, she’s been exhibiting signs that make it clear
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'Game of Thrones': The Good News About Cersei's Very Bad Discovery

[Warning: this story contains spoilers for episode two of Game of Thrones' seventh season, "Stormborn."]

"If they can be wounded, they can be killed."

This is the conclusion Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) has reached in regards to the Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke) and her fire-breathing companions. He takes his cues from the reports of Daenerys and Drogon's great Meereen escape at the end of season five, noting that the massive black dragon sustained multiple spear wounds in the process. If spears could cause significant harm, imagine what a bunch of massive crossbows might do to...
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Jason And The Argonauts, and more Greek myths

Aliya Whiteley Jun 2, 2017

If Clash Of The TItans or Jason And The Argonauts are your thing, then a few book recommendations right here...

This month, with help from BookBeat - who we thank very much for their support - we're trialling a book club series of features, where we look at books, how they translate to movies, how they work in audiobook form, and just generally chat about a certain title. You can get a free trial of BookBeat - a sort-of Netflix for audio books - right here. Den Of Geek readers get a full month free trial, as opposed to the usual two weeks. But you need to click on that link to get it!

This week? We're looking at Greek myths...

The 1963 film Jason And The Argonauts, directed by Don Chaffey, with a soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann and featuring the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, was my
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Kelsey Grammer to star in revenge drama with parkour star

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Exclusive: Frasier actor teams up with Sebastian Foucan for Bharal.

Fledgling UK production outfit BB88 is in Cannes to talk up a slate of movies including revenge drama drama Bharal, which is due to star former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and parkour pioneer Sebastian Foucan.

Jake L Reid’s (The Antwerp Dolls) feature, due to start in early 2018, charts the story of an African refugee who arrives in London to search for his missing sister.

When he uncovers an immigrant sex trade he becomes both a media sensation and a target for a crime syndicate, along with the immigrant community that has taken him in.

Bharal is being lined up as a co-production between BB88, Reid’s Liberal Region Productions and Compos Mentis productions.

Also new to the slate is Gate Crash, which will be directed by Laurence Gough (Dr Who). The cast includes Marc Warren (Snatch) and Anton Lesser from Game Of Thrones.

Projects already
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Endeavour: Production Begins on Season Five of ITV Series

ITV is back on the case. Recently, the network announced season five of the TV show Endeavour has begun production.The UK drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., stars Shaun Evans as a young Detective Endeavour Morse. The cast also includes Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Dakota Blue Richards, Sean Rigby, James Bradshaw, Caroline O'Neil, and Abigail Thaw.Read More…
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Endeavour series 4 episode 2 review: Canticle

Gem Wheeler Jan 17, 2017

1960s counter-culture comes to Oxford in the latest engrossing episode of Endeavour...

This review contains spoilers.

See related Power Rangers, boob armour, and impractical costumes

4.2 Canticle

After last week’s strong start, the fourth series continues with another engrossing case that sees Morse and his colleagues confronted by 60s counterculture and its vociferous opponents. The arrival of trendy band The Wildwood in Oxford attracts a lot of press, as does a visit by moral campaigner Joy Pettybon (Sylvestra Le Touzel). The long-haired heartthrobs are just the type of dope-smoking, free-loving hippies she loathes, and an appearance on TV show Almanac looks set to fan the flames of controversy. After a succession of death threats, Pettybon approaches the police, and Morse – much against his will – is ordered to provide protection. This brings him into contact with her unhappy daughter Bettina (Pearl Chanda) who sees the young policeman as
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Moana Wins Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office with $55.5M

Moana Wins Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office with $55.5M
Heading into this holiday weekend, it was expected that last weekend's winner, the Harry Potter spin-off, would not repeat at the box office, going up against four high-profile new releases. The box office hit went up against four new titles that all opened in wide release on Wednesday, Disney's Moana, Paramount's Allied, Broad Green Pictures' Bad Santa 2 and 20th Century Fox's Rules Don't Apply. As expected, Moana easily took the top spot with a three-day weekend tally of $55.5 million, and a five-day total of $81.1 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Moana opened in 3,875 theaters this weekend, with an impressive $14,329 per-screen average. No budget figures were released for this animated adventure, which came in quite lower than Disney's hit animated movies such as Frozen ($67.3 million) and Zootopia ($75 million). Both of those films ended up earning over $1 billion worldwide during their full theatrical runs, but it remains to be seen whether
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