On Chesil Beach

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date:
May 25, 2018 - Toronto
June 1, 2018 - Expands
DVD: August 7, 2018
Blu-ray: August 7, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.25
based on 8 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, Samuel West


In the early 1960s, Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle), meet and fall in love, despite the differences in their backgrounds.

Florence is a talented violinist from a well-to-do family, while Edward, although a university graduate with a degree in history, is from a family of more modest means. His mother (Anne-Marie Duff) has a brain injury from an accident and behaves erratically. However, after Edward meets Florence, the young woman's presence has a calming effect on Edward's family and his father suggests to Edward that he should marry her. 

The two young lovers do marry, and honeymoon at a seaside hotel on Chesil Beach in Dorset. However, on their wedding night, things go terribly wrong.   
Based on the novella On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, whose novel Atonement was previously made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Saoirse Ronan.

Director: Dominic Cooke
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen
Screenplay: Ian McEwan

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  • 3 stars "It was so boring. Through out the movie the characters lacked enthusiasm. . Let's just say it was not my cup of tea"
  • 5 stars "Excellent. Well acted. Heart warming but sad."