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Year: 2017

Original Title: On Chesil Beach

Country: UK

Length: 105 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance

Studios: BBC Films, Number 9 Films

Distributor: Lionsgate

Suitable only for 15 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: May 18 2018

United States: June 15 2018


Ranking: 346 out of 14,255 movies (up 397)


8.0 by 4 users

6.8 by 5 media


'On Chesil Beach' tells the love story between Edward Mayhew (Howle), a history student, and his girlfriend Florence Ponting (Ronan), a young violinist that runs a string quartet. His love was born in the most innocent and naive way possible, as every other first love story, but as their wedding approaches the problems begin to increase. The beach of fine sand and the peaceful landscapes will witness how the social pressure destroy the love between the two young lovers. Nervous, as if it were a first date, the couple will have problems when they are trying to have sexual contact, due to the expectations that that kind of moment generates. Both of them must find a way to overcome of this situation, understanding and listening to each other will be one of the main keys for this lovers to have the happy ending.


Cast On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan

Florence Ponting

Billy Howle

Edward Mayhew

Emily Watson

Violet Ponting

Anne-Marie Duff

Marjorie Mayhew



Trivia On Chesil Beach

'On Chesil Beach' is the first time that the novelist Ian McEwan writes a cinematographic script of one of his own works. It is the second film in which Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan play a couple. The writer Ian McEwan wanted Saoirse Ronan to play Florence and he said it during to his audience in 2014.