On Chesil Beach


Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 4:30 PM
Film Info
Genre:Narrative Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
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Director:Dominic Cooke


In 1962, the virginal, twentysomething newlyweds Edward (Billy Howle, DUNKIRK) and Florence (Saoirse Ronan, LADY BIRD, IFFBoston 2017 Fall Focus) spend their honeymoon at the English seaside, preoccupied and terrified by the upcoming consummation of their marriage. Raised in a middle-class ecosystem of discipline and repression, Florence seeks some measure of freedom in her relationship with the intellectually curious Edward. Alternately called a horror story and a comedy—or, rather, a comedy of sexual errors—ON CHESIL BEACH explores the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy.

Ronan earned the first of her three Academy Award nominations bringing Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement to life. She returns to his unforgettable material in ON CHESIL BEACH, which McEwan adapted from his own 2007 Booker Prize-nominated novella.

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