Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle), a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family and he is a clever young man from humbler origins. Both have first-class degrees and, in consequence, no small opinion of themselves. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Also starring Anne-Marie Duff and Adrian Scarborough as Edward’s parents, and Emily Watson and Samuel West as Florence’s.
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