TIFF17 | Newlywed Couple Struggle with Sex On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) star in On Chesil Beach, a swoon-worthy adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, about a newlywed couple whose honeymoon holiday in 1962 becomes a comedy of sexual errors…both hilarious and horrifying.

Florence is a disciplined violinist, raised in cold and conservative middle-class repression (you’ll love to hate her mother played by the great Emily Watson). Edward offers Florence a promise of freedom. He was raised in the countryside in a lower class family, finding liberation in literature and ideas.

We first meet Florence and Edward, moments after they’ve arrived at a charming hotel on the English seaside. Both appear smitten with each other and awkwardly nervous about spending their first night as a couple in bed together. The cute duo arrive very much in love, but hopelessly ill-equipped in the language of love.

On Chesil Beach is an emotional work of art that proves sex education is essential for both men and women. After learning that Florence and Edward are both virgins on their wedding night it becomes instantly clear that their non existent sex education could be the source of their ultimate uncoupling. Edward is clearly eager to share his sexual desires while his more trepidatious wife has deeply rooted shame – a revulsion to naked romance that forces a fight and flight on the overcast and breezy beach.

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