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

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Sebastián Lelio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Lesser ... Rav Krushka
Alessandro Nivola ... Dovid Kuperman
Allan Corduner ... Moshe Hartog
Nicholas Woodeson ... Rabbi Goldfarb
David Fleeshman ... Yosef Kirschbaum
Steve Furst Steve Furst ... Dr Gideon Rigler
Rachel Weisz ... Ronit Krushka
Trevor Allan Davies ... Tattooed Man
Sophia Brown ... Photographic Studio Assistant
Anthony Dowding Anthony Dowding ... Man in Bar
Bernice Stegers ... Fruma Hartog
Clara Francis Clara Francis ... Hinda
Rachel McAdams ... Esti Kuperman
Lia Cohen ... Rina
Cara Horgan ... Miss Scheinberg
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From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Based on Naomi Alderman's book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. Written by Bleecker Street

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Taglines:

Love is an act of defiance.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Filming locations in London included Cricklewood and Hendon. See more »

Goofs

When Ronit and Esti board the subway to inner London and exit out, the Steadicam operator can be seen reflected off the bus as it drives by. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rav Krushka: In the beginning, Hashem made three types of creatures, the angels, the beasts, and the human beings. The angels, He made from His pure word. The angels have no will to do evil. They cannot deviate for one moment from His purpose. The beasts have only their instincts to guide them. They, too, follow the commands of their maker. The Torah states that Hashem spent almost six whole days of creation fashioning these creatures. Then, just before sunset, He took a small quantity of earth...
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Keil Molei Rakhamim
Written by Solomon Ancis
Edited by Eliot Alderman (as E. Alderman) and Adrian Alexander (as A. Alexander)
Performed by Eliot Alderman, Adrian Alexander, Edward Hughes, Matthew Pochin, Joseph Thompson, Yoav Oved, Benjamin Seifert, Gabriel Gottlieb, Harry Style, Aaron Isaac
Licensed by Transcontinental Music Publications from the works of Memorial Services for Male Voices; El Mole Rachamim
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Far too slow for me
13 August 2018 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a disgraced Jewish woman who returns home uninvited.

The topic of this film is quite possibly under represented in the cinema, so it is refreshing to have a film on this topic. It is a great plus to see two very good actresses as the lead, and I am particularly impressed that they are willing to star in this film. As for the film itself, I find it way too slow. I got so bored that I had to watch it at 1.5 times the speed after just 30 minutes. Even then, I still thought the pacing was slow. By the time the emotional climax arrives, I was already rather indifferent to the outcome of the story. Though I think it is an alright film, it does require extensive editing to speed the film up.


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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$237,393, 29 April 2018

Gross USA:

$3,498,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,003,180
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2.35 : 1
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