Adulthood can bring many surprises but at times it can be difficult for some people to tackle it.
This is the subject this film delves into. Edward and Florence are newlyweds who are on a path to fully realized adulthood but the pressures of their forthcoming wedding night become too much for them to handle and sets their worlds to spin apart.
On Chesil Beach has been adapted by Ian McEwan for screen from his bestselling novel by the same name. This sensitive drama centers on the lives of a young couple who come from drastically different backgrounds and meet each other in the summer of 1962. The story follows the young pair through their idyllic courtship, while exploring sex and the societal pressure that come with physical intimacy. Their ideals of love and togetherness are suddenly challenged which leads to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.
Directed by Dominic Cooke, the film captures the physical dilemmas the two youngsters are going through. Ian McEwan, writer of the novella has also written the screenplay and uses flashbacks form the past of the protagonists that well explains the sexless situation they find themselves in. Edward is a blue-collar history graduate and scrapper, and Florence, a blue-blooded violinist and proper lady. They are both virgins who find themselves caught in a maelstrom of mental blocks and physical hindrances. What is supposed to come naturally to one does not come to them. Instead they try to intellectualize their predicament which makes things worse. Florence’s parents approve of the match.
Her mother (Emily Watson) is a critical academic and her father (Samuel West) a sinister electronics tycoon. Edward’s parents appear as more encouraging and likeable, especially his artist mother (Anne-Marie Duff), who is brain damaged by an accident and Edward’s dad (Adrian Scarborough) a decent family man who wants the best for his son: “Marry that girl!” he whispers to him, after he meets Florence.
There’s some wonderful acting in the film that must be attributed to Cooke, a stage veteran making his feature debut.
The film opens on July 1, 2018 at Electric Shoreditch, 64-66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP
For details, visit: www.electriccinema.co.uk
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