Most of this story is told in flashbacks. Their romance is very sweet if not passionate, and Florence’s past is disturbing. The lack of communication and inexperience are a sign of the times but lead to tragic consequences. Saoirse Ronan is perfect in the role of Florence, a girl who may have just wanted to get married, not actually be married. Billy Howle is charming as the less sophisticated but more love-struck Edward. I think the ending shows a marked difference between men and women. This movie was slow, cold and depressing.
Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
On Chesil Beach Q&A at BFI London Film Festival 2017
|Principle Cast||Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff|
|Screenwriter||Ian McEwan (screenplay), Ian McEwan (novel)|
|Run Time||110 minutes|
|Premier||Toronto Film Festival 2018|