At 24, Saoirse Ronan is already one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation—the three-time Oscar nominee has a startling knack for infusing her characters with equal parts warmth, sympathy, and a wisdom beyond her years. Her latest role, in Ian McEwan adaptation On Chesil Beach, casts these talents in sharp relief.
Ronan plays Florence Ponting, a nervous newlywed whose July 1962 wedding night descends into calamity as agonizing memories from her past resurface. The film, adapted by McEwan from his 2007 novel of the same name, teases out the threads of the nervous couple’s pasts, weaving together a narrative charged with ambition, longing, and quiet grief.
In a new clip, exclusive to BAZAAR.com, Florence revisits a charged conversation with her parents over her relationship with her future husband. As a wealthy businessman and brilliant Oxford professor, respectively, Florence’s father (Samuel West) and mother (Emily Watson) can scarcely hide their disapproval of their daughter’s working-class suitor; their other daughter, Ruth (a brilliant Bebe Cave), provides comedic relief. The minute-long vignette showcases Ronan’s stunning range and the mixed emotions of her character’s troubled mind, resulting in one of the most film’s most brilliant scenes.
After you watch, revisit the trailer for the film, in theaters May 18. Get tickets
Ronan has two more projects slated for release this year; Chekhov adaptation The Seagull, for which she’s already getting Oscar buzz for the role of Nina, and Mary, Queen of Scots, in which she plays the title character. On Chesil Beach is also Ronan’s second McEwan adaptation—she rose to fame for her role as Briony in the 2007 Joe Wright film Atonement. Watch here
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