Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit, a woman whose Jewish community shunned her out many years ago, but after the death of her father, a popular rabbi, she returns. Here, she bunks with former best friends Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and Esti (Rachel McAdams), who have since gotten married. Throughout her stay, a lingering secret is brewing, stemmed from a past Ronit and Esti tried to hide. They are, much to the disappointed of their community, in love. And through their lust for one another, they explore the limits of their faith and sexuality.
But the core of the film derives from the two lead actors, Weisz and McAdams. Their dynamic is natural and distinct, and both leading ladies give an absolutely flooring performance. McAdams’ character takes her time in expressing her true thoughts, often shunned and silenced by the people around her, whereas Weisz is a woman who speaks her mind right from the get go, yet their relationship flows in a real, sentimental way. Both performances are outstanding. Even Nivola is fantastic, especially in a speech he gives towards the film’s climax, although some of his more intense, personal bursts of anger do feel a little forced.
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