On Chesil Beach ★★★

A story about two warm, intelligent young people who are crazy-stupid in love and perfect for each other. And about how the time and place they live end up spectacularly torpedoing their marriage from within, just six hours after they've said "I do". The moral is simple but brutal: The post-Victorian inability to talk frankly about sex (including sexual abuse) utterly poisons everything.

I could have done without the unnecessary, faintly condescending epilogue(s), but otherwise this a bittersweet pleasure (more bitter than sweet), held aloft by lovely cinematography and production design, and especially by two standout lead performances from Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle.