“With little pride and less hope, we begin the new year,” Abigail writes in a journal entry dated January 1, 1856. But there is hope for the leads in The World to Come, which explores how isolation is overcome by the intensity of human connection. Watch first trailer above.
Set in the American Northeast and framed by the four seasons, The World To Come focuses on Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby), find themselves powerfully, irrevocably drawn to each other. As grieving Abigail tends to the needs of her taciturn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) and Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott), both women are illuminated and liberated by their intense bond, filling a void in their lives they never knew existed.
“It isn’t that long ago when things were just so tied in,” Kirby said in a Deadline Q&A from Venice. “You were literally owned by your household, by the man that you happened to be married to. I just found it so moving, and it touched me so deeply, and the thought that you can’t choose who you love and you can’t even choose to do what you like, to love who you want. I also love the title because it was from those foundations that we’re still coming out of, really. And I found it beautifully poetic.
The pic debuted at virtual Venice last year, where it was one of the more anticipated titles. Directed by Mona Fastvold and scripted by Jim Shepard and Ron Hansen, it was produced by Affleck, Whitaker Lader, Pamela Koffler, David Hinojosa and Margarethe Baillou.
The World to Come hits theaters February 12 and PVOD on March 2 via Bleecker Street Films, following its U.S. premiere at the virtual Sundance Film Festival.
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