First Trailer for Ammonite Finds Love in the Fossil Record

Neon has launched the first trailer for Ammonite, Francis Lee’s new film that explores love and paleontology with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Two great actors AND a period piece backdrop that brings in old-school paleontology (something I’ve had a passion for decades)? Sign me the hell up:

Fossils aside, I’m very much digging this trailer. While most of it is tone setting, the story promises a thoughtful, and emotional, story with a pair of always impressive actors. Comparisons to Portrait of a Lady on Fire (another period piece love story) seem inevitable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m definitely eager to see more of this one.

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest.They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

Ammonite hits theaters on November 13, 2020.