Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Samuel West, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough

Story: Period drama directed by Dominic Cooke in his motion picture directorial debut and the story follows young couple, Florence and Edward (Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle), who finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

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Edward Mayhew: We’re here, married.
Florence Ponting: Nothing went wrong.
Edward Mayhew: Even my mother behaved herself.


Edward Mayhew: When you set your eyes on me for the first time…
Florence Ponting: And I saw a man who wasn’t wearing a jacket.
Edward Mayhew: Nonsense.
Florence Ponting: Oh, yes, and trousers with a mend in the knee.
Edward Mayhew: Did you think then it was love at first sight?


[to Edward; referring to Florence]
Lionel Mayhew: Marry that girl.


[as Edward tries to kiss Florence]
Florence Ponting: Edward.
Edward Mayhew: What?
Florence Ponting: Actually, I’m a little bit scared.
Edward Mayhew: What is it, darling?
Florence Ponting: Nothing.


Geoffrey Ponting: What does his father do?
Florence Ponting: You mean is he working class or one of us?
Geoffrey Ponting: That’s more or less what I mean.


Priest: You don’t seem quite has happy as you should. Something’s bothering you, Flo. Something about yourself, a little delicate.


Priest: Flo, you can change your mind.
Florence Ponting: I really have to go.


[referring to a wedding dress]
Edward Mayhew: Come on, Flo. It’s easy, just point and choose.


Florence Ponting: [to Ruth] In sex manuals it says women are like doorways and men can enter through them.


Geoffrey Ponting: For God’s sake, Flo, how long have you been there?
Florence Ponting: I thought I’d just…
Geoffrey Ponting: I asked you a question, dammit!


Ruth Ponting: Are you alright?
Florence Ponting: I’m feeling rather sick.


Florence Ponting: [to Edward] We can never be happy, and it’s all my stupid fault!


Edward Mayhew: [to Florence] Have you actually forgotten that we were married today? We’re man and wife! That’s what you promised! To me!


Edward Mayhew: It’s hopeless.
Florence Ponting: Is it?


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