World to Come, The: Mona Fastvold’s Drama, Starring Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby

The World to Come
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Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby play 19th-century farmers’ wives who develop a connection in Mona Fastvold’s drama, co-starring Casey Affleck and Christopher Abbott.

A friendship that blossoms into romance offers two mid-19th century farmers’ wives refuge from their joyless marriages and routines of menial drudgery in Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come.

Adapted from Jim Shepard’s moving 2017 short story, this movie is set in a rugged upstate New York where the winters are harsh.

The lives of Abigail and Tallie (Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby), the story’s central women, revolve around keeping their husbands’ happy and their ambitions afloat.

The increasingly urgent intimacy that grows between them comes as a relief, but also a frustration, a realization of what life could be like if they weren’t locked into roles dictated by their culture.