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The World to Come

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United States · 2021
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director Mona Fastvold
Starring Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck, Vanessa Kirby, Christopher Abbott
Genre Drama, Romance, Western

In 19th century America, Abigail, a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney. Together, their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other's hearts.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The World to Come is at its sharpest when trying to articulate the alchemy that happens when theory and sensation collide with each other and morph into something new.


Variety by Guy Lodge

This is filmmaking as attuned to incremental shifts in light and landscape (Romania’s, in fact, gorgeously filling in for undeveloped upstate New York) as the ebb and flow of a character’s interior joy, written in a face unaccustomed to smiling.


Total Film by James Mottram

An exquisitely rendered period tale, The World To Come is a slow-burning but ultimately rewarding drama of the heart.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jon Frosch

Much as I admired and was at times stirred by The World to Come, I'm convinced it would be a significantly stronger movie with 75 percent of the narration stripped away.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Scripted with heightened literary cadences by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard, the film is well crafted in every respect, and marks an acting career high for Katherine Waterston, as well as a fine showcase for the ever more impressive Vanessa Kirby.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

It's as simultaneously chilling and warming as a slug of ice-cold vodka, and just as liable to make your mind swim and eyes prick.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

It is a thoughtful, unquestionably moving piece of work with much to say about the inner lives of the women at the center, but it could have used another gear


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

The World to Come is a ravishingly beautiful love story set in 1850s America, with painterly visuals that nod to the work of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

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