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On Chesil Beach
October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm$10
On Chesil Beach
Directed by: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Samuel West, Anne-Marie Duff and Emily Watson
Drama | 14A for nudity, sexual content, disturbing content, 110 min. | United Kingdom
Wednesday, October 17 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 18 – 4:00 pm
“There’s splendid acting across the board and assured direction by Cooke, a stage veteran making his feature debut…” – Peter Howell, TORONTO STAR
“Performances are universally excellent and the film is tastefully well done, though rather muted.” – Alexa Dalby, DOG AND WOLF
It is summer 1962, and England is still a year away from the huge social changes heralded by Beatlemania, the sexual revolution and the Swinging Sixties. We first encounter Florence and Edward on the day of their wedding. A young couple in their early 20s, they are dining in their room at a sedate hotel near Chesil Beach, with their conversation becoming more tense and awkward as the prospect of consummating their marriage approaches. Finally, an argument breaks out between them: Florence storms from the room and out of the hotel, Edward pursues her, and their row continues on Chesil Beach… culminating in a major decision that will change the course of their lives. From a series of flashbacks, we learn about the differences between them – their attitudes, temperaments and their drastically different backgrounds – as well as watch them falling deeply in love. On Chesil Beach is a powerful, insightful drama about two people, strongly defined by their respective upbringings and bound by the social mores of a different era.