Katherine Waterston delivers a layered and resonant performance as Abigail, a woman who is trying to find a bit of solace in The World To Come. Directed by Mona Fastvold (The Sleepwalker), this mid-19th century tale, while having its share of immersive compositions, delivers a refreshingly gripping narrative. Fastvold and Waterston talked to Deepest Dream about their collaboration.
Living on a farm with her husband Dyer (Casey Affleck), Abigail (Katherine Waterston) has consigned herself into a marriage that is more of a business partnership than an actual union. Dyer may claim his indescribable need for her, but in practical terms most of their time is spent tending to the land.
Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) and withdrawn husband Finney (Christopher Abbott) are their new neighbors (they are renting a farm nearby), and ultimately Abigail finds a kindred spirt in Tallie.
Penned by Jim Shepard and Ron Hansen, the feature’s gradual pace is immersive, as viewers are treated to a portrait of a women who are trying to live in two different worlds. Abigail’s true self, one that is anchored by writing and introspection, flies at the highest levels in the presence of Tallie. Reality, however, may deliver an exacting blow to their seemingly inextricable union.
The World To Come hits theaters Friday, February 12 and arrives on Digital March 2. I absolutely loved the liberal use of voiceovers in the film as well as its eye catching landscapes, and these are the topics discussed in the brief interview with Katherine Waterston and director Mona Fastvold.
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