Tag: 2017

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** ½ (out of 4)

Like the other movie Sebastián Lelio released this year, A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience seeks to capture the emotional psychology of a non-heterosexual female. But while Fantastic centered on a trans Chilean singer, Disobedience’s protagonist is Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a lesbian who works as a photographer in New York. When the film opens, Ronit learns that her father (Anton Lesser), the spiritual leader of a secluded, London-based Orthodox Jewish community, has suddenly passed away. And when she returns home for his funeral, she receives still more unexpected news: Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), her father’s protégé, has gotten hitched with Esti (Rachel McAdams), a woman with whom Ronit once had a passionate, forbidden affair. 

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*** (out of 4)

As a filmmaker, Lynne Ramsay has never shied away from gruesome material. Her first two features, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, respectively depicted garbage-infested slums and the aftermath of a suicide. Seven years ago, moreover, she achieved instant notoriety with We Need to Talk About Kevin, a film about a mother whose son kills several classmates at school. Now, in You Were Never Really Here, Ramsay has decided to tell the story of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) – a lonely, hammer-wielding hitman who gets hired to rescue a 14-year-old girl named Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from an underage prostitution ring.

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