As a series of intervening flashbacks reveals, Florence (Saoirse Ronan, with an excellent British accent) and Edward (Billy Howle) are recent university graduates from predictably different worlds; she, a classical musician from an uptight, wealthy, middle-class family, he, the provincial son of a schoolteacher and a “brain damaged” artist (Anne-Marie Duff). It’s a shame this handsome adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel eventually gives in to convention. Perhaps this couldn’t be avoided. Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan are on song as the young couple in Britain’s duffel-coated early 1960s, in a restrained adaptation of McEwan’s novella, Last modified on Mon 3 Dec 2018 10.19 EST. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family and he is a clever young man from humbler origins. The hotel is in a beautiful location but is shabby genteel with a hint of Fawlty Towers about it. Mark Kermode reviews On Chesil Beach. The movie is a muted elegy to emotional waste. They’re Oxbridge graduates who met by chance at a CND meeting and who have fallen in love. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Florence describes Chuck Berry as “merry and bouncy”. Dir Dominic Cooke, 110 mins (15), starring: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough, Bebe Cave, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. He enters her. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. It’s a nuanced and very well observed study of bad sex in which tiny accidents and misunderstandings threaten to scupper a marriage almost before it has started.

Edward’s mother (Anne-Marie Duff) is (or was) a brilliant art historian. It is opened out almost as a stage play might be. Each and every flashback, whether happy or sad, reveals the same poignant thing: they were a thousand times more relaxed in the past than now, at this longed-for moment of supposed abandon. She has piercing blue eyes and a voice that reminds you of Phyllis Calvert in old Ealing or Gainsborough Studios movies. What we learn in these later scenes places the characters’ actions back in 1962 in a different light. Its loneliness is, however, appropriate enough, and Cooke and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt contrive a moment in which they look marooned on that beach, as if washed up from some disaster. Florence remembers submissively acting as a page-turner for a famous pianist at London’s Wigmore Hall, and at that moment remembering helping her grumpy dad as a teenager on his yacht. When they married, Florence and Edward were very “straight, innocent and young”. And of course it is made even worse by hints that a new era of freedom is arriving but still not quite here, like the Beatles’ first LP in Larkin’s poem. Chesil Beach itself, with its long stretches of pebbles, low skyline and abandoned boat, looks spectacular. After a couple of beers to celebrate his exam results, he feels the need to confide his success to someone, anyone, and stumbles into a CND meeting in Oxford. However, an overwrought third act pulls the action into the present day (and sees Ronan and Howle in showy, prosthetic, old people makeup); this fidelity to the book’s coda feels like a missed opportunity. Florence is a brilliant classical musician whose dream is to play at the Wigmore Hall with her own Mozart quartet. Powered by JustWatch The first sentence of Ian McEwan 's 2007 novella On Chesil Beach establishes the tone: "They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible." Read 7,091 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. “And now the foreplay is concluded. (The flash forwards are not helped by the artificial make-up which is used to show the characters ageing.)

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Marooned as if washed up from some disaster … On Chesil Beach stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle, directed by Dominic Cooke, he overwhelming English sadness of Ian McEwan’s novella. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. They listen in as the newlyweds make small talk and make suggestive remarks about what lies ahead. The One and Only Ivan reviewed by Robbie Collin — Annette Bening, The One and Only Ivan, Yes, God, Yes and Random Acts of Violence. The film is deliberately ambiguous about the behaviour and motivations of its two principal characters. Both have first-class degrees and, in consequence, no small opinion of themselves.

This is a love story in which few sparks fly. Duration: 06:14 Florence’s mother Violet – an amusing cameo for Emily Watson – is an arrogant Oxford don who thinks nothing of telephone conversations with Iris Murdoch. The movie replicates this nicely, but with a notably more emollient resolution. As the film begins, Florence and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) are in a seaside hotel at the start of their honeymoon. hot by Steve McQueen’s regular cinematographer, Sean Bobbitt, and with impeccable attention to period detail, Dominic Cooke’s handsome adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novel pivots around a fusty seaside hotel, on a young couple’s wedding night in 1962.

He’s a historian with a passion for rock’n’roll. We see Florence as a child on a sailing boat with her ultra-competitive and snobbish father.

As a series of intervening flashbacks reveals, Florence (Saoirse Ronan, with an excellent British accent) and Edward (Billy Howle) are recent university graduates from predictably different worlds; she, a classical musician from an uptight, wealthy, middle-class family, he, the provincial son of a schoolteacher and a “brain damaged” artist (Anne-Marie Duff). Florence and Edward are shown walking across misty meadows or through spectacular forests. Both families have secrets. The bedside dialogue emphasises the comic awkwardness of the situation. Edward is referred to disapprovingly as a “beatnik”. Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

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They had to deal not only with their own expectations but with those of everyone else around them in a class-obsessed and censorious society during a period when, it seems, the British were (as Florence puts it) just “hopeless at sex”.

Each hurdle is treated as an opportunity for further intimacy, but it’s a case of one step forwards, two steps back as the couple inch closer to the act of sex. What could have been a bleak and boldly unresolved ending is undermined by a conclusion that is more traditionally sentimental – and more frustratingly resigned to love-story genre convention.

Chesil Beach itself, with its long stretches of pebbles, low skyline and abandoned boat, looks spectacular.

Both have family difficulties. These waiters, who’ve already watered down the wine, won’t leave until they receive their tip.

The film’s courtship scenes are convincingly sweet and ripe with teenage awkwardness, so it’s a tragic surprise when the newlyweds struggle, repeatedly, over the course of that evening to consummate their marriage. On Chesil Beach book. This is known as penetration.” Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) reads these lines in a sex education book with curiosity and mounting distaste midway through On Chesil Beach (based on Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize-nominated novella). You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The smallest details here reveal class tensions, the antagonism between generations and the gulf between men and women. He is antisemitic and cheats at tennis. But the flashbacks, though fraught with meaning, have the effect of impeding momentum and taking some emotional weight away from what’s happening in the present tense on Chesil Beach. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. There is a wonderful scene early on in which the young couple are forced to eat a meal in their hotel room attended by two smirking “silver service” waiters. It’s 1962. Britain is a nation very ill at ease.

Edward will go to bed with his wife while still wearing his heavy brogues. At the same time that they expose the hypocrisies and insecurities of the English middle classes, the filmmakers lovingly celebrate pastoral English landscapes and traditions. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium.

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She seems stuck in a 1950s time warp. It doesn’t quite explode into uninhibited life, even when the anger overflows at the end, although this is partly the effect of its setting and era: the cloud-cover of Britain in the duffel-coated early 1960s. Director Dominic Cooke (best known for his work at the National Theatre and the Royal Court) has an eye for seemingly trifling moments which reveal the couple’s mounting anxieties. We see geese flying over the water. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

On Chesil Beach review – pleasingly thorny, until the end It’s a shame this handsome adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel eventually gives in to convention Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan as … We’re not sure what holds her back – whether it’s disgust, prudishness or snobbery, or a mixture of all three. Edward’s own dad Lionel is a gentle soul, nicely played by Adrian Scarborough; but his mother Marjorie, played with courage and attack by Anne-Marie Duff, is a talented artist whose eccentricities have escalated into mental disturbance due to a horrendous accident: being hit by an opening train door on a railway station platform. What On Chesil Beach gets right is the sheer silly, tragic pointlessness of the virgin-wedding-night business and how disturbing sex was for a generation whose hypocritical elders had withheld information about it – a bizarrely sacrificial ceremony which probably had its last gasp with our own Lady Diana Spencer. It's author as social anthropologist. I have to confess to feeling that this film – like other adaptations of McEwan, and also Julian Barnes – is constrained by flashbacks and by a certain literary good taste and hardback cultural prestige. Our assumptions turn out to be misplaced. The fascination of the film lies in its painstaking observation of the hapless lovers and of the world around them.

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