On Chesil Beach – Reviews from the Toronto Film Festival


Here are a few interesting quotes with links to the full articles . . .

But the biggest news about “On Chesil Beach” may be Dominic Cooke, the 51-year-old English theater veteran who directed it. He has never made a dramatic feature before, but he’s a born filmmaker. Working from McEwan’s screenplay, Cooke has fashioned the material into a visually captivating romantic puzzle that reverberates with hope and tenderness and wistful loss. It’s telling that the film is rooted in the early-’60s gray zone — a moment lodged between the conservatism of the ’50s and the dawn of a new world — because it marks one of the most impressive debuts of a director since Tom Ford made “A Single Man.

Read the Owen Gleiberma article from Variety here


The overwhelming English sadness of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach has been transferred to the movie screen, adapted by the author and directed with scrupulous sensitivity and care by Dominic Cooke, known for his stage work and making his feature film debut here. It is a tender and valuable film, well acted, with a shrewd eye for how naive you can be in your early 20s, how impatient, how pompous, how tragicomically un-self-aware.

Read the Peter Bradshaw article from The Guardian here