Anyone who has watched ‘Disobedience’ has been raving about the heartwarmingly sensual sex scene between the lead actresses Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Turns out, even as they were shooting it, Weisz and McAdams knew how special that moment is for their characters and let go of their inhibitions to be vulnerable.
Evidently, the artistic choices have translated beautifully on screen.
“Often, you’re trying to decide if it’s gratuitous or not. But this scene felt so integral to the plot and moving the story forward,” McAdams told Entertainment Weekly.
“The characters need this release to open up. There was energy to that scene that I haven’t experienced in any other sex scenes [with men] in my career.”
The actress reiterated that there was a camaraderie to doing the scene with Weisz.
“We both felt safe and free. All those things that you love about being a woman, you get to be with [in the scene],” she explained.
Even the set had a unique warmth and quietness to it, recollected McAdams. “It was a wonderful day. [I] realized that I was doing a scene like any other scene. They should all make you feel vulnerable, some more than others, but they should all be risky. In became another day at work, in that way,” she said.
Sebastian Lelio’s ‘Disobedience’ narrates the story of Ronit (Rachel Weisz), who is forced to return to the ultra-Orthodox community that she had left behind when her father, a noted rabbi, suddenly dies. She moves in with her father’s longtime disciple Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams), with whom she had an affair as a teenager.
The movie is less about the forbidden love between Ronit and Esti, and is more about how their love and sexuality is unfairly oppressed by the people around them. As McAdams points out, “I knew we were telling a lesbian story and that was necessary to concentrate on, but beyond that it’s just humans being with humans.”
‘Disobedience’ will hit the theatres on 27 April.