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On Chesil Beach

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan

Edward and Florence, newly-married and very much in love, arrive at a grand old inn on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon; they’ll leave with a very different understanding of who they are and what they actually want out of life. It’s a film about love and the way it sometimes fails, and one that explores the meaning, and necessity, of intimacy in all its forms. Ian McEwan adapts his own novel – for my money his best book – and remains faithful to the text for the most part; the few divergences only make the romance that much more tragic. The lead actors are both marvellous; Saoirse Ronan (who, coincidentally, rose to prominence thanks to another McEwan adaptation, Atonement) plays the troubled violinist, Florence, while Dunkirk’s Billy Howle is the kind-yet-anger-prone historian Edward. Yet the film’s most impressive performance might come from director Dominic Cooke, who has delivered an assured, wistful debut.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

Courtesy: Mark Medley, Globe and Mail

Showtimes: 

Playing at Hyland Cinema:

Thu, Jun 21
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4:30pm
Directed by: 
Dominic Cooke
Running Time: 
115
Country(ies): 
U.K.
Year: 
2017
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff
Official site: 
Link
Screenplay by: 
Ian McEwan
Rated: 
14A

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