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Love Gala

On Chesil Beach

Be warned – this film will break your heart.

Credits

Dir Dominic Cooke
Prod Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
Scr Ian McEwan
With Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough, Billy Howle
UK
2017
105min
UK Distribution Lionsgate

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Saoirse Ronan, Cast; Billy Howle, Cast

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

In the early 1960s, a young couple on their honeymoon struggle to physically connect in this sensitive adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed short novel. As Florence and Edward settle down for their first dinner as a married couple, a nervous energy fills the air. But while it might appear the fledgling husband and wife are suffering from wedding night jitters, as the evening unfolds it becomes apparent something else is creating a divide. Awkwardly grasping for the connection they know they share, the pair recall moments from their lives, both together and apart, as the inevitability of physical intimacy looms ever-closer. Impeccably adapted for the screen by McEwan himself, Dominic Cooke’s quietly heart-breaking debut is a work of subtle restraint, capturing the intricacies of the source material with grace and delicacy. As ever, Saoirse Ronan shines as the hesitant young bride, ably supported by rising star Billy Howle, both of whom express so much, even when their characters struggle to find the words. And indeed, for a film in which many emotions remain unspoken, and countless feelings are left unsaid, this melancholic love story speaks profoundly about the fragility of human relationships and the destructive nature of silence.

Michael Blyth

See also LFF Connects: Ian McEwan

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Dominic Cooke, Director; Billy Howle, Cast; Saoirse Ronan, Cast

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

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