The Oscar-winning director of A Fantastic Woman adapts Naomi Alderman’s tale of forbidden love amongst North London’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Successful photographer Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to London following the death of her beloved Rabbi father. Long estranged from the community, Ronit is nevertheless keen to see childhood friends Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), who are now married. Dovid, believed to be in line to replace Ronit’s father, notices a growing intimacy between his old friend and wife, which soon causes fissures, not only in the marriage, but across the wider community. Sebastián Lelio’s film, like Alderman’s novel, sensitively explores life in a closed community, eschewing judgement in favour of a call for tolerance and acceptance.
★★★★ “An understated yet profound examination of identity and self-sacrifice” - Chloe Catchpole, Empire
★★★★ “Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams impress in powerful love story” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian