A Whole New World (Film Thoughts: The World To Come)

Mona Fastold’s ‘The World To Come’ is a pleasant surprise for me. It is set in rural New York circa 1856, and has a feel of a western, but it’s a love story between two women, Tallie and Abigail (played by Waterstone and Vanessa Kirby) It’s a story that slowly burned, and just like most same-sex romance of the time, mostly unspoken. Filmed as if with an Instagram filter, everything is dulled but beautiful, the emotions raw. The females have respective husbands, but from each other’s unhappiness and discomfort you see their attractions blossom. Kirby is fantastic here, and after this and ‘Pieces of a Woman,’ we see a major movie star emerge.

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