On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach

DVD - 2018
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In 1962 England, Florence and Edward are challenged by the sexual and societal pressures of their time, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2018.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda.

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SCL_Pascale Jul 11, 2019

A subtle, sensitive period drama about societal expectations and consummation complications - a side of marriage I've rarely seen portrayed in film. Saoirse Ronan's performance is mesmerizing and the build-up of sexual tension - contrasted with an innocent courtship - was well-executed. If you have the attention span for a slow-burner romance with emotionally resonant characters, you will be rewarded.

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acooke
Jun 05, 2019

Really awful fake violin playing. The aging via make-up looked fake too.

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iplay2
Jun 04, 2019

The movie is unbearably slow. I almost gave up on it even though the acting was superb. However, once the "climax" (pun intended) ensues it will rip your heart out. Yes, there is a bit of manipulation at the end, but I allowed myself to go with it and felt the overpowering emotion. It was so strong that I had forgotten how tedious it was up until the point where the couple's real issues come to the fore. So, if you watch the movie, stick with it. and you might get a good cry at the end.

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peggya1
May 21, 2019

I loved this movie. Loved the tributes to Chuck Berry an d Little Richard. Instead of subject heading "virginity", I would suggest "survivor of sexual abuse". Too bad she could not have seen a good therapist.
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JCLHeatherM May 17, 2019

A young married couple struggles to connect and find themselves at a crossroads that will change the course of their lives forever.

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jsegoodine
Apr 15, 2019

A sad story about a relationship. I have a feeling the book was probably better than the movie, but this adaptation was pretty good, I thought.

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INVS
Apr 12, 2019

I tried this as a read several years ago because I respect the author. I didn't finish it. Trying the DVD gave a whole new look, to an era I know something about. Even though the sixties were supposedly so revolutionary, this is way early on, a hangover from the '50's staid, no sex education. Sorise carries the personality of the lead female extremely well. My irritation is the minor explanation of her early childhood 'trauma' - even the special features didn't clear that up for me. It was a time when reading a sex ed book freightened the holy cow out of a person, unless you'd been brought up on a farm.

Yes, I wondered if I'd give up in the first 45 minutes due to the molasses pace and the clumsy, poor communication of what's his name. Sign of the times. Good thing couples can now live together openly to figure out if they are compatible - highly recommended experience. I tend to think youth in Britain during this time were maybe a be more restricted, even repressive than the States. Guess it depends on the individual, as I've now watched Mrs. Wilson with Ruth Wilson & realize she was certainly not repressed as a young girl - it's when she got older.

It was worth my time, at least for the lovely scenery.

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kasiL15
Mar 10, 2019

Terribly boring and moves very slowly! Kept waiting for it to get interesting. Just seemed like a pointless story to tell. Not enough happens in the actual story to justify making it into a movie. May have been an interesting book (MAYBE), but not an interesting enough story to become a movie. Definitely would not recommend it. All of the movies that Saoirse Ronin does seem to be like this.

If you like to suffer this movie's for you. The acting is superb. The ending is lazy and manipulative and unbelievable.

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Punnoval
Feb 18, 2019

I would say that Ian McEwan is the literary equivalent to the pop singer, Van Morrison. Just like Van, he did some good work in the 70's (His last work that interested me was"'The Cement Garden" (1978).) since than, both Ian & Van have produced mostly hack work. "On Chesil Beach" fits into that category.
In this item, the main characters are either pseuds (Flo & her family) or wanna-be's (Eddie.) Eddie's family was just tooo much and Flo's were a bunch of hideous prats. I guess you could categorize Flo & Eddie as English versions of the characters in a Bujalski movie, only more repressed.
Despite all this, the movie is almost bearable until the last 15 minutes, when it turns into a fast-forward bathos-fest. Docked two notches for that inclusion.

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