Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Disobey This

Good news, the trailer for “Disobedience” was recently released. Better news, the infamous “spit” scene is nowhere to be seen. Look, I’m still incredibly excited to see “Disobedience” because any movie where Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams have a passionate relationship is incredibly exciting. But the whole sensual spitting scene put me a bit off (I want it to not be gross, but I just can’t see how).

Still the trailer gets me back on the very excited track. It conveys the claustrophobia of forbidden love – and lust. It’s filled with the quiet, devastating strain caused by living a life of restriction and denial. Plus, OK, it’s pretty hot when Rachel and Rachel kiss.



So, thoughts, did the trailer make you more/less excited for this film?

4 comments:

Carmen SanDiego said...

I'm excited but I really really don't want to see any spitting, sensual or not.
They're women, not llamas

Shelly Wilson said...

Just finished the book, which was lovely and different and gave a real insight into the world of orthodox Judaism. Early reviews of the movie show that, as often happens, they've taken a bit of license with the story. Maybe a lot. In the book, Ronnit was largely ambivalent about Esti, if not outright disinterested. Ronnit comes across as perhaps one of the least sympathetic characters in this novel, self-absorbed and thrashing about through people's lives. Dovid – perhaps the most interesting to me – is actually Ronnit's cousin, and far from the unsympathetic character the movie appears to make him. Certainly not remotely rigid in his religious beliefs. But I'm not saying "the book is better." I get why the movie has to change a lot of these things, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the characters of Ronnit and Esti have a real love connection, which was largely lacking in the original story. Of course, there was also no spitting.

Anonymous said...

More excited!

Cathy said...

If you weren't feeling creepy enough about the spitting bit, Sebastian Lelio, the director/screen writer of Disobedience, claims to have interviewed lesbians about "what they do" so he could incorporate it into his sex scene.* (Yep, he used the words, "what they do.") I simply don't know what to make of this claim. Perhaps he did consult a few? Then neglected to mention that the spitting bit was his idea? (Ya think?) Reminds me of the kind of lie Trump loves to tell - a little commission, a little omission, and a lot of shifting blame onto somebody else. Here's what I think: As criticism for the spit bit began to reach Lelio in the run-up to the film's release, he tried to get ahead of it with this "But I consulted Lesbians!" claim. I don't know about you, but I haven't seen that sort of smear since the 1950's. It implies that lesbians are the ones to find disgusting. All he did was "consult" them, right? Then Weisz, star and Exec. Producer, claims that she "read a lot of lesbian literature" to prepare for the part. Um... and how much literature was required, I wonder, to prove that kissing a woman was not difficult? Or prove that spitting into mouths was nowhere to be found in this literature? And no more an aspect of lesbian love-making than of straight?

I was so looking forward to this film, until a feeling of being creeped upon by a group of non-lesbian profiteers got in the way. It feels an awful lot like being patronized, wouldn't you say?

*P.S. I wanted to incorporate a link here to the video where Lelio makes this claim, but I couldn't find it again. I'll keep looking. But I wonder if it's been taken down?