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Her mind was blank, she felt she was in disgrace. After a two-day crossing, they were once more in the calm of Carteret harbour, south of Cherbourg.
It was late in the evening, and her father was moving about the dim cramped cabin, undressing, like Edward now. She remembered the rustle of the clothes, the clink of a belt unfastened or of keys and or loose change. Her only task was to keep her eyes closed and to think of a tune she liked. Or any tune. She remembered the sweet scent of almost rotten food in the closed air of a boat after a rough trip. She was usually sick many times on the crossing, and of no use to her father as a sailor, and that surely was the source of her shame.
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Tags: on chesil beach saoirse ronan ian mcewan movies books adaptations More. The couple walks down its edge, Florence in a blue dress. This, uh, premature pouring does presage certain later plot points, but it also symbolizes something more complicated, a kind of dreadful irreversibility. The couple are prisoners in the very thing they thought they wanted the most.
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For brief moments the characters escape into the past, often via objects. A piano key, a hand, a morsel of food—the camera will zero in on these memory triggers, then the world around them will transform. Florence is a violinist who dreams of making it big, and in one scene we see her press a piano key at Wigmore Hall in London. Music is crucial for understanding the otherwise quiet Florence. We see her past self explaining a piece of Mozart to the other musicians.
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Every phrase is a question, she explains. Every scene is like a question in On Chesil Beach , a question that the almost-happy couple ask of each other in their own indecipherable language, never receiving an answer.
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The theme of music thus becomes a theme of disharmony, literally and figuratively. Florence is a careful and controlled person who finds profound expression through Mozart. Edward finds his raucous desires reflected in rock, desires that take outward expression in sweaty dancing.
There is one configuration, or bit of choreography, that repeats again and again in the movie.