Lesbian Pining Gets Poetic in Exclusive “The World to Come” Clip

The forthcoming period drama chronicles an illicit romance between two farmers' wives in 19th-century America.

Pining is a cornerstone of queer cinema, but it’s never sounded quite so eloquent.

The World to Come — director Mona Fastvold’s highly anticipated film adaptation of the screenplay by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard — follows Abigail (played by Katherine Waterston) and Tallie (Pieces of a Woman star Vanessa Kirby), two farmers’ wives in 1850s rural New York who find themselves “powerfully, irrevocably drawn to each other.” In an exclusive new clip from the movie, a worried Tallie confronts Abigail about how she seems to be keeping herself at a distance.

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Vanessa Kirby (bottom) and Katherine Waterston in The World to Come.

But that’s not how Abigail feels, she reassures Tallie: “When I was in school, the teacher had me read Cordelia to an older boy’s King Lear. Near the end of the play, the king and his daughter are imprisoned, but he views it in a positive way. ’Come, let’s await the prison,’ he says. ’We two alone shall sing like birds in a cage.'”

It’s a beautiful sentiment, sure, but does Tallie think confinement can really be a positive thing? Watch the clip below to find out, and keep an eye out for The World to Come this Tuesday, March 2, when it premieres on digital from Bleecker Street.

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