Matinees ACMI presents

On Chesil Beach

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“Lyrical and rapturous. A visually captivating romantic puzzle that reverberates with hope and tenderness and wistful loss”


Dominic Cooke’s exquisite take on Ian McEwan’s novel, On Chesil Beach, stars Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) as young adults who meet and fall in love in the English summer of 1962.

Still bound by the strict societal mores of the 1950s, the newlyweds strain for mutual understanding on the fateful first day of their honeymoon on the Dorset coast.

“Saoirse Ronan is remarkable…funny, delicate and heartbreaking...[the film] has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder” Variety