A film by Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
A woman from New York returns to her community for her father’s funeral. As son as she gets there it sparks her attraction to a childhood friend. Theirs passion ignites and they are going to question their sexuality and their faith.
Sebastián Lelio after his last film A fantastic woman directs his first english speaking film. The first scene is a Rabbi giving a sermon about free will. He speaks of angels, beasts, and Adam and Eve. He says that humans are “free to choose.”Then he drops dead. The scene is subtle and Lelio just put it out there, bang in your face. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel is an old-fashioned drama. The rabbi who died was Rav Krushka (Anton Lesser), an important figure in the London Orthodox Jewish community. His daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a New York-based photographer, who left years ago. When she returns home, she walks into the unchanged world of her childhood, looked at by relatives and former friends with curiosity and concern. She is has long free hair, smokes , and wears short leather skirts. However her father stated that he had no children. She has no idea that her best friend is married to her other best friend. Here the director does not reveal what happened in the past not all of it. You are going to figure it out by the performances of the other actors, their body language. The relationship is going to rekindle here but at what cost. Here the Orthodox Jewish community is bad guy here or is it not? The film doesn’t set out to judge or discriminate; it is an attempt to show how difficult it is to negotiate the borders between sexuality and faith in a structured society. It is not an easy thing to negotiate. That is why the cinematography is dark, sombre colours due to the theme of the film. This is a story about characters that are willing to change and evolve but also struggling with it. Here is a story where people are going to relate to it and debate after seeing the film.