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Disobedience | 2018 | R | - 7.2.5

Two childhood friends (Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams) are reunited years after one of them had fled their London Orthodox Jewish community. When their romance is rekindled, the conservative community must determine how to deal with their perceived trespass. Also with Anton Lesser, Alessandro Nivola, Allan Corduner and Nicholas Woodeson. Directed by Sebastián Lelio. Several lines of dialogue in Hebrew (mostly in prayer) are spoken without translation or subtitles. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Two women have sex in an extended scene: they kiss passionately, one kisses down the other's chest and her breast (partially covered by a tank top), one unsnaps the crotch of the other's body suit and they each have their hands in the other's underwear as they both moan and pant; one lies on top of the other and they kiss, then one appears to drool into the other's mouth and one performs oral sex on the other (we see the one woman moaning deeply until she climaxes). A man and a woman have sex in a bathroom stall and we see him thrusting as she moans (there is no nudity). A husband and his wife undress (we see her bare back, buttocks, breast and abdomen and his bare chest and shoulders), the woman climbs into bed and the man climbs on top of her and thrusts and kisses her and she moans.
 A woman gets out of the shower and we see her bare breasts and abdomen in a reflection in a mirror; she hugs her husband, who has entered the room. A woman showers and we see her flesh through the curtain (there's no real detail). A shirtless man is shown completely covered from the neck to the waist in tattoos and he remarks, "Jesus really hurt," because he has a tattoo of Jesus on his chest. A man is shown with a full chest of tattoos and a woman wears a tank top that shows tattoos on her chest and shoulders. A woman tears her sweater open at the neck and we see her bare neck and upper chest.
 A woman kisses a woman's hands and touches her clothed breast; they continue to kiss and moan and stop abruptly. Two women kiss against a wall and are interrupted when a man and a woman enter the area (one woman hides her head and leaves). A husband and his wife kiss passionately while seated clothed on a bed and she caresses his face. Two women kiss and hold hands, they press against a wall in an alley and kiss again. A husband touches his wife on the waist and breast (she's clothed) and presses his groin against her back until she tells him, "Don't." Two women kiss in the back seat of a taxi.
 Two women talk about sex in a marriage and that it is expected every Friday. Two women ask each other if they have been with any other women. Men discuss a religious passage and talk about sexuality and the pleasures of the flesh. A woman tells another woman that she has a "very sexy bag" and asks if she can take a turn (it's a wheeled shopping cart and she pulls it behind her). When discussing a phrase in a reading a teen girl talks about a virgin's blood. Two women talk about remembering when the father of one of them (also the Rabbi) walked in on them (presumably having sex) when they were younger.
 A woman buys a pregnancy test.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A husband yells at his wife and shakes her by the upper arms demanding, "What's wrong with you?" A man collapses and several other men surround him on the floor; we understand that the man died later.
 People are seen gathered to mourn a man's death in several scenes in a home and a cemetery. We see blood stains on a sheet where a sick man died.
 A woman becomes angry about people insisting that she should marry and have children and she talks about envisioning being in a loveless marriage that would drive her to wanting to kill herself. A man yells at a woman about having left her father and that he needed her when he was dying. A woman is reprimanded by her boss and her husband for perceived inappropriate behavior.
 A Rabbi discusses the creation of angels, beasts and humans and refers to evil and instincts and man's power to disobey. People talk about a woman leaving abruptly. Two women talk about women taking their husband's names and their histories are gone. People talk about difficulties in a community including housing and drugs.
 A woman gags over a sink and spits (we see spittle).


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 3 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (nebbish, frum, stupid), 1 religious exclamation (Oh God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People in a bar are shown with alcoholic beverages and a woman finishes a glass of wine, men and women drink small glasses of wine at a Sabbath dinner and other glasses of wine are seen on the table, a man drinks glasses of whiskey, and a man drinks something with dinner (it could be whiskey or wine). A woman smokes a cigarette on a porch outside a home, a woman smokes while walking in several scenes, a woman smells a pipe once smoked by her father, a woman takes a cigarette from another woman and smokes it, and a woman holds an unlit cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Free will, choice, homosexuality, restrictive religions and communities, honor, father/daughter relationships, strained family relationships, death of parents, arranged marriage, forgiveness, honesty, institutional obligations, predictability.

MESSAGE - We should be free to choose the person we want to love and be with.

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