A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. 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. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.
For most of the film, 2 Acts are interwoven. Act 2 is the afternoon / evening of the wedding day, when a virgin couple move hesitantly towards consummating their marriage. Shown in flashbacks is Act 1, the couple's meeting and falling in love. Act 3, about the couple's later life, weakens the impact of the pivotal union.
I saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The director specified that the time period was very exact. 5 years later, with more explicit openness and communication about sex, this story might not exist.
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