On Chesil Beach

In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

On Chesil Beach
United Kingdom 2017
  • Czech
110 min.

In 1962, Edward Mayhew and Florence Ponting first meet after graduating from their respective universities. He is a historian at University College London and rock-and-roll lover; she a classical violinist at Oxford with her own quartet. They fall in love quickly, meet each other’s families, and eventually decide to get married, despite their differences in background and social status. On their honeymoon at Chesil Beach, their backgrounds and temperaments come to the fore: Edward’s quickness to anger and occasional physical belligerence, and Florence’s unspoken past relationship with her father. Their first attempt at sex goes badly wrong and the couple part ways.