Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel,the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.
It is summer 1962, and England is still a year away from huge social
changes: Beatlemania, the sexual revolution and the Swinging Sixties. We
first encounter Florence and Edward, a young couple in their early
twenties, on their wedding day. Now on their honeymoon, they are dining in
their room at a stuffy, sedate hotel near Chesil Beach in Dorset. Their
conversation becomes 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. From a series of
flashbacks, we learn about the differences between them – their attitudes,
temperaments and their drastically different backgrounds. Out on the beach
on their fateful wedding day, one of them makes a major decision that will
utterly change both of their lives forever. ON CHESIL BEACH is a powerful,
insightful drama about two people, both defined by their upbringing, bound
by the social mores of another era.