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On Chesil Beach (2018)


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Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.


Critic Reviews for On Chesil Beach

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

A solid drama made from a stellar book, but if you see it even just for the two performances, you won't be disappointed.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

The lead actors are both marvellous... Yet the film's most impressive performance might come from director Dominic Cooke, who has delivered an assured, wistful debut.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Holds the viewer in its genteel grip from start to almost finish.

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Away from the beach and away from the raw honesty it forces out of its stars, On Chesil Beach heads towards shallow, cold waters.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's a lyrical and rapturous film - a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking.

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

On Chesil Beach presents a deeply moving story with intricate ramifications and a big secret at the heart of its storyline, but the film somehow fails to ignite the same feelings and emotions as the book does.

October 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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