Academy award-winner Kate Winslet and Academy award-nominee Saoirse Ronan are full of sapphic yearning in the new trailer for the period drama Ammonite.
The movie tells the story of Mary Anning (Winslet), one of the first paleontologists in the world and the discoverer of the ichthyosaur, and a supposed love affair she had with Charlotte Murchison (Ronan), the wife of a tourist visiting the Southern English coast, where Anning lived and worked in the 1840s -- it's worth noting there's no definitive evidence that Anning was actually queer. This is the most furtive glances and lingering touches I've seen since Carol (2015) which is available on Netflix beginning today.
Charlotte has recently experienced a personal tragedy, and her husband pays Anning to take her out on the shore with her digging for fossils. At first, Anning is resentful of Charlotte, but in classic lesbian fashion, the two slowly and carefully start warming up to each other.
"You were the most fascinating person there tonight, and I think the most beautiful," Charlotte tells Anning in the trailer. The paleontologist is closed off, stubborn and loves her singular life. She wants to be left alone. Will the young woman bring her fossilized heart back to life?
The film looks beautiful, with its windy shorelines and beautifully staged shots of women in period costumes. And of course, Winslet and Ronan's performances look incredible. In a year with few releases due to the ongoing pandemic, this movie looks far and away one of the best.
Ammonite is the second film from acclaimed British writer/director Francis Lee. His first, Gods Own Country, follows a sheep farmer in Yorkshire who falls in love with a male Romanian migrant worker his family has hired. Lee won the world cinema directing award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for the movie.
Ammonite premiered at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this month and is coming out soon.