Drama Romance


When her father (an Orthodox Rabbi) dies, a New York photographer returns home to England and reconnects with an ex-lover.

The visual imagery of "Disobedience" is appropriately subdued; it's wintertime and a religious community is in mourning. Much of the communication between characters is expressed in lingering, meaningful looks, sighs, heavy breathing, and panting. With muted scenery and sparse dialogue something is needed to engage us. The soundtrack tries when the music ratchets up during emotionally intense moments, but it's clumsy. Everything works to constrain the central lesbian love affair; maybe that's the point but it feels like an opportunity lost. Not bad, not great.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 14th June 2018
Roadshow Films 114 mins