Despite some of the storytelling mishaps, at the heart of the matter are two young people desperately in love, desperately trying to make it work, hindered by their crushed expectations and bruised egos. Ronan and Howle are tremendous in their performances, especially in the way they physically inhabit the characters, transforming from free and unabashed to tense and closed. The bedroom drama, which is almost theatrical in its setting, is riveting thanks to these two actors, and makes the film worthy of regard.
“On Chesil Beach”
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle and Emily Watson. Directed by Dominic Cooke.
Rated R for some sexual content and nudity. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Bottom line: Romantic drama about two people trying to make it work