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On the beach

On the beach

Großbritannien 2017 - with Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West ...

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Movie info

Original title:On Chesil Beach
Genre:Drama, Romance
Direction:Dominic Cooke
Cinema release:21.06.2018
Production country:Großbritannien 2017
Running time:Ca. 110 min.
Rated:From 12 years
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When Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) met in the early 1960s, it was pure passion right from the start. Although Florence's parents don't like to see their daughter hanging out with a young man from simple circumstances, the love between the two cannot be stopped. And so it comes as it must: Florence and Edward step before the altar together. And as man and woman they can finally let their passion run free on the wedding night. But it soon turns out that there is still something that stands between the couple and a fulfilled love life - something that puts this young marriage to a severe test in the very first night…

"Am Strand" is the second adaptation of a novel by Ian McEwan, in which Saoirse Ronan plays a leading role. She was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for her presentation in the bestselling adaptation "Abbitte". She would have deserved this honour here as well. However, the film never manages to achieve the emotional power of "apology". And this, even though the last act is quite heartbreaking. However, Dominic Cooke's production, which is a little too carried, prevents the emotions from unfolding adequately despite strong actors and a moving story.

The majority of the film tells of the first wedding night, interrupted by flashbacks that show how the young couple got to know and love each other. It seems like a normal love story. But the closer the two come to their "first time", the more repressed fears and dark shadows from the past reveal themselves. And suddenly the beautiful romance turns into a bitter drama, followed by a really sadly beautiful epilogue.

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play the couple so convincingly that they really think their love is real. And that's enormously important for the end to work. Between them there is a huge radio signal, which makes the dramatic turn in their history all the more tragic. Alone the harmonious interaction of the two strong main actors makes "Am Strand" absolutely worth seeing. Only the somewhat brittle staging in places stands in the way of an all-round successful overall impression. If you like quiet, typically British love dramas, you can definitely risk a glimpse here, despite some points deducted in the B-note. Worth seeing

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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