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On Chesil Beach
DIRECTOR Dominic Cooke
CAST Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Samuel West
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play troubled newlyweds in this tender adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel.
In the early 1960s, a young couple on their honeymoon struggle to connect physically. As the inevitability of intimacy looms, they recall moments from their lives, both together and apart. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novella and subtly directed by theatre director Dominic Cooke (Follies at the National Theatre), the film tells its story with grace and delicacy. Saoirse Ronan shines as the young bride, ably supported by rising star Billy Howle, in a story about the fragility of human relationships and the destructive nature of silence.
(2017 UK 110 mins)
Ronan seems made for the role of Florence. She hides from carnality behind her slender figure and intellectual games, her matching blue undergarments and panicky glances. Howle is her perfect missing part, his Edward a rural Adonis whose physicality is constantly underlined, but whose mind is inquisitive and whose feelings are tender and easily hurt. Sean Bobbitt’s stunning lighting simultaneously creates a feeling of the times as it leads away into psychological realms, like the iconic shot of Edward standing alone, a small figure on the beach, and gazing after Florence’s retreating figure. Dan Jones’ music track is right on cue between pieces of Schubert and songs by Chuck Berry. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
BBFC advice: Contains strong sex and sex references
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