On Chesil Beach

"Saoirse Ronan is remarkable — and so is everything else — in this entrancing adaptation of Ian McEwan's novella about a young British couple on their honeymoon in 1962." - Variety

"Edward and Florence, newly-married and very much in love, arrive at a grand old inn on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon; they’ll leave with a very different understanding of who they are and what they actually want out of life. It’s a film about love and the way it sometimes fails, and one that explores the meaning, and necessity, of intimacy in all its forms. Ian McEwan adapts his own novel – for my money his best book – and remains faithful to the text for the most part; the few divergences only make the romance that much more tragic. The lead actors are both marvellous; Saoirse Ronan (who, coincidentally, rose to prominence thanks to another McEwan adaptation, Atonement) plays the troubled violinist, Florence, while Dunkirk’s Billy Howle is the kind-yet-anger-prone historian Edward. Yet the film’s most impressive performance might come from director Dominic Cooke, who has delivered an assured, wistful debut. 3.5/4 stars" - Globe & Mail

"On Chesil Beach is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella about two young Brits on their honeymoon in 1962, and it’s a lyrical and rapturous film — a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking. It has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder it shares with Call Me by Your Name, as well as a talky intimacy that recalls Richard Linklater’s Before films. But it also has a quality all its own, a vision of love that’s shockingly old-fashioned and tinglingly audacious. On Chesil Beach should succeed in connecting with audiences eager to experience that all-too-rare thing: a romantic drama that gets so far into the mystique of its era that it takes you somewhere you’ve never been." - Variety


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