“On Chesil Beach” premiered in Toronto on Saturday. Ian McEwan adapted the script from his own novella, and the film marks the cinematic debut of theater director Dominic Cooke.
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are the honeymooning couple at the center of this drama. Set in the conservative 1960s, Florence and Edward (Ronan and Howle) are shy, nervous, and still virgins. The story shifts back and forth in time, slowly introducing the characters as individuals and as a couple, before revealing something of a mystery that could alter the still-budding love story.
Ronan, in particular, earned adoring reviews for her performance. And many have praised Cooke’s deft direction and handling of the film’s material.
…it’s a lyrical and rapturous film — a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking. It has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder it shares with the acclaimed (but not yet released) Sundance hit “Call Me by Your Name,” as well as a talky intimacy that recalls Richard Linklater’s “Before” films. But it also has a quality all its own, a vision of love that’s shockingly old-fashioned and tinglingly audacious.
Ronan is so good that she can emerge smelling like a rose even from a well-mounted if ultimately unsatisfying effort like“On Chesil Beach…’
While many loved Ronan’s performance, many viewers consider it to be somewhat problematic.
ON CHESIL BEACH (C+/57): Started coming around on it toward the end but not sure it works. Ronan & Howle give strong performances. #TIFF17
— Mark Pfeiffer (@markpfeiffer) September 8, 2017
ON CHESIL BEACH: Extremely well-acted and an interesting take on a marriage drama, but told in the most mediocre fashion. #TIFF17
— Jeramy Wainwright (@JeramyWainwrigh) September 8, 2017
ON CHESIL BEACH: Masculine fragility reframed as calamities to a marriage. Beyond ace leads, story & characterizations don't sync. #TIFF17
— Eleriina1 (@Eleriina1) September 8, 2017
— The Film Stage 📽 (@TheFilmStage) September 9, 2017
“On Chesil Beach” is still looking for US distribution, but will be released in the UK in January.
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