ON CHESIL BEACH
2017, Bleecker Street Media, 110 min, UK, Dir: Dominic Cooke

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, this drama centers on a young English couple in the summer of 1962. Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan), born into a prosperous, conservative home presided over by her overbearing father (Samuel West) and mother (Emily Watson), falls in love with Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) whose chaotic but loving upbringing by a schoolteacher father (Adrian Scarborough) and brain-damaged artist mother (Anne-Marie Duff) stands in stark contrast. Following Florence and Edward 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.


CAROL
2015, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, USA, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two very different women fall in love in 1950s New York in this striking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt. As a woman stuck in a loveless marriage and a young department store clerk, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara vanish into their respective roles with an intriguing balance of desire and caution. “CAROL’s lush but controlled visual look is completely intoxicating. This is filmmaking done by masters, an experience to savor.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


MONA LISA
1986, HandMade Films, 104 min, UK, Dir: Neil Jordan

This superb British crime drama brought Bob Hoskins his sole Oscar nomination (along with a raft of acting awards for this performance). He stars as George, recently released from prison, who is hired by his former boss (Michael Caine) to chauffeur high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) to her London clients. Despite differing backgrounds, George and Simone develop a friendship, and he is all too eager to help when she tells him about another prostitute in trouble. Costarring Robbie Coltrane.


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