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WATCH: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan get steamy in ‘Ammonite’

Never content to rest on their laurels, awards darlings Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan have returned in their newest drama, the homoerotic love story Ammonite.

Written & directed by Francis Lee, who set all our loins afire and moistened our tear ducts with God’s Own CountryAmmonite follows the quiet life of Mary Anning (Winslet), a single maid obsessed with finding fossils and unable to pay her bills. A wealthy tourist offers to solve Mary’s problems by paying her to entertain his wife Charlotte (Ronan), a depressed if beautiful young woman. Mary agrees, and the two begin to form an unlikely bond that masks a deeper, more dangerous passion. Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu and Fiona Shaw also star.

Ammonite would have had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, though COVID-19 stymied its showing. Instead, it will premiere as part of the virtual Toronto Film Festival, making the film available to a worldwide audience.

An official, worldwide release date will be announced at a later date.