On Chesil Beach
A honeymoon should be the happiest time of a couple’s newly married life, but for the protagonists of ON CHESIL BEACH what remained unspoken before their vows threatens to undo a marriage just begun, in this powerful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize shortlisted novella. Set in the early 1960s, Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) have just tied the knot, and are settling down to their first dinner as a married couple. But there is a strange, nervous tension between them, and while it could be attributed to newlywed jitters, it soon becomes apparent that these are two people just beginning to learn things about each other that drastically reframes their relationship. As the evening goes on, and the inevitability of the marriage bed becomes more tangible, husband and wife struggle to reconcile with secrets and emotions that will change their lives for ever more. Insightful, delicate and ultimately quietly devastating, ON CHESIL BEACH is a showcase for the talents of Ronan and Howle in a story of young love thrown on the rocks by the destructive inability to say what one truly feels.