On Chesil Beach (2017)

# 14756 IMDb R 

On Chesil Beach (2017

taglineThis is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing

Director: Dominic Cooke

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Adrian Scarborough, Anne-Marie Duff, Rasmus Hardiker

Drama, Romance (1h 50min)


Rated 6.3 after 4,748 votes, 62% postive reviews on 22-Dec-18.


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.


Dominic Cooke (director) Saoirse Ronan Emily Watson Anne-Marie Duff Samuel West Billy Howle Adrian Scarborough

Saoirse Ronan (Florence Ponting), Emily Watson (Violet Ponting), Anne-Marie Duff (Marjorie Mayhew), Samuel West (Geoffrey Ponting), Billy Howle (Edward Mayhew), Adrian Scarborough (Lionel Mayhew), Bebe Cave (Ruth Ponting), Rasmus Hardiker (Waiter 2), Jonjo O'Neill (Phil), Bronte Carmichael (Young Chloe Morrell), Bernardo Santos (Cinema Couple), David Olawale Ayinde (Wigmore Audience Concert Attendee), Philip Labey (Bob), Christopher Bowen (Cricket Captain), Oliver Johnstone (Ted), Ty Hurley (Wigmore Concert Attendee), Christian Wolf-La'Moy (Oxford Academic), Anna Burgess (Anne Mayhew), Imogen Daines (Jenny), Caroline Garnell (Audience Member Wigmore Hall Concert), Nadia Townsend (Older Chloe), Mia Burgess (Harriet Mayhew), Mike Ray (Cricket Spectator), David Cradduck (Train Driver), Martin Bratanov (Blues Club), John Kinory (Oxford academic), Mark Donald (Charles Morrell), Simon North, Claire Ashton (Recital Visitor), Martin Bassindale (Harold Mather), Nigel Eaton (Employee in suit), Claudia Jolly (Jane), Andy Burse (Waiter One), Victoria Hamnett (Elsbeth), Marianne Cecil (Young Florence), Dora Bryan (Helen (archive footage) (uncredited)), Ross Carter (Spectator (uncredited)), Sam Ettleman (Blues Club Member (uncredited)), Nick Longland (Railway Station Master (uncredited)), Paul McTaggart (Train passenger (uncredited))...


Ian McEwan (screenplay), Ian McEwan (novel)

Produced by

Babak Eftekhari (executive producer), Wayne Marc Godfrey (executive producer), Peter Hampden (executive producer), Robert Jones (executive producer), Zygi Kamasa (executive producer), Elizabeth Karlsen (producer), Caroline Levy (co-producer), Andrew Mackie (executive producer), Ian McEwan (executive producer), Norman Merry (executive producer), Joe Oppenheimer (executive producer), Beth Pattinson (executive producer), Richard Payten (executive producer), Thorsten Schumacher (executive producer), Stephen Woolley (producer)



I love Saoirse Ronan so much, just like everyone else in the universe should. She's a supremely talented actress and I knew I had to see this film as soon as I could. On Chesil Beach is a film made by a first time director in Dominic Cooke. The film also reunites Billy Howle and Ronan, after starring in The Seagull (which came out a week ago as it is). So Saoirse Ronan month continues and On Chesil Beach was definitely enjoyable. The film is a little different than I expected but is a satisfying experience.

The film is about two young people who get married and are anxious about consummating for the very first time. It turns out having sexual intercourse has really big implications on their present relationship and what their future holds for them as well. The film utilizes flashbacks within present time and then flashes to the future so that we can see the two leads in different times of their life and how their lives coincide at each step.

Saoirse Ronan is typically fantastic in this. She's such a talent in everything she's in and her raw emotion and hesitation in committing to a physical relationship is portrayed with a delicate confidence. The film is sharply written, although it falters a few steps of the way. Its a different type of story focused on a physical experience that usually doesn't matter to this extent in other films. The film's last twenty minutes are really well done and bring the picture together. We've all kind of been there with the first time so its easy to relate and know the nervousness involved by both parties.

The cinematography is fantastic, especially when it comes to life on the extended scene at the beach. Costumes design and set design are also up to par. The film presents itself with grace and poise. The film will make a name out of Billy Howle and Dominic Cooke. Cooke seems like an experienced filmmaker and he can only grow from here. I will obviously continue to follow Saoirse's films like a lost puppy in the hopes that she is finally rewarded with an Academy Award.


Ian McEwan stated to an audience back in 2014 that he wanted Saoirse Ronan to play Florence Ponting.

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Other titles

Am Strand (Germany) • Den dag på stranden (Denmark) • En la playa de Chesil (Spain) • Sur la plage de Chesil (France) • Al Khof Chesil (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Chesil Beach (Italy) • Na plazy Chesil (Poland) • Na Praia de Chesil (Portugal) • På Chesil Beach (Sweden)



Australia:M / Canada:14A / Canada:14A / Ireland:15A / Japan:G / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/12 / Spain:7 / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:10 / Taiwan:R-12 / United Kingdom:15 / United States:R



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