Atonement

Atonement

DVD - 2008
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In 1935, thirteen-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia. He hopes that Cecilia has comparable feelings. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony - who has a crush on Robbie, is compelled to interfere. She goes so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but, ultimately, he is arrested. Briony bears false witness and the course of three lives is changed forever. As Briony grow older, she continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love

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4536o
Jul 11, 2019

Inexpressibly sad, yet also surpassingly beautiful. Perhaps the best Keira Knightley ever, and I love Elizabeth Swann. Three actresses play the central character--at different times in her life--and all are superb (Romola Garai's interpretation of the "middle" Briony is flat-out brilliant). Atonement is a gripping, powerful film that you might not bear watching more than once.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 15, 2019

One of the protagonists in this film transgresses and will have to live with it for the rest of her life. I suspect we all experience this and even if we confess and ask forgiveness, we have to carry the burden to our dying day. This tragic tale is based upon a highly awarded novel by Ian McEwan. While I have had the novel in my possession, I just never got around to reading it. I think that I will try the book one more time.

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tiamek
Feb 28, 2019

I guess you needed to read the book to appreciate the movie. And I highly recommend reading the book, because it was highly acclaimed, awarded, and the best book I had ever read up until recently. I had no idea how they would turn it into a movie, due to its narrative concepts, but they pulled it off. A good cast was to thank for the good acting. They left out a few parts I had hoped to see, but they weren't essential. I think they should have focused more on Briony, because that's who the book was really about, and what she did to this young couple.

I'm a little biased because of how good the book was, but what the book didn't have was an Oscar-winning music performance from Dario Marianelli. It got 6 other nominations, including Adapted Screenplay.

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ncs1961
May 12, 2018

A lovely to look at, subtly twisty, cautionary tale to beware precocious dreamy teen-aged girls.. ..not to mention aristocrats, prison & the army.

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firefly5
Apr 10, 2017

I didn't like this movie, so I didn't watch all of it.

adasilva7 Jun 25, 2015

One of few instances where the film adaptation does justice to the novel it's based on. It's heartbreaking but totally captivating and an overall excellent film.

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0cho
Jun 23, 2015

I have not read the book so I have nothing to compare it to but thought this movie was well done until the ending which totally ruined the whole movie and made it pointless.

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Nursebob
Dec 20, 2014

This gorgeous period piece set in England just before WWII tells the story of two young lovers whose lives take a tragic turn after an over-imaginative child makes a series of false accusations. Magnificent performances are further enhanced by stunning sets and impeccable cinematography....including an amazing 3-minute single take along a beach strewn with soldiers and the machineries of war. This is truly a filmmaker’s film, and the heartbreaking double twist at the end is sure to make this a cinema classic.

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krj
Feb 16, 2014

This is one of those movies that prove that life is not always fair. The talent of great actors in this film make it worth watching.

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SusannahElf
Dec 27, 2013

This is by far the best movie adaptation of a really good book that I have ever seen. Normally I avoid the filmed version of books I loved (I'm thinking of you, Mansfield Park..) because I know that the writers will leave out things and distort others, but this is the exception.

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

Coarse Language: 1. a single typed word that resonates as the key to a loss of innocence and leads to ultimate betrayal. 2. Swearing amongst soldiers

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

Violence: some war scenes are graphic

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

Sexual Content: 1.a very visually suggestive sex scene between the two main characters. 2. an alluded-to sexually compromising act towards a young girl.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Sexual Content: Sexual language and scenes.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Violence: Scenes of war violence and injuries.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Coarse Language: Few scenes of mature language

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Grecoel
Apr 13, 2017

Cecilia Tallis: I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

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Monolith
Jun 06, 2012

Cecilia Tallis: "My brother and I found the two of them down by the lake." Police Inspector: "You didn't see anyone else?" Cecilia Tallis: "I wouldn't necessarily believe everything Briony tells you. She's rather fanciful."

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holdthewhoa
Nov 18, 2010

"Dearest Cecilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame." - Robbie Turner(James McAvoy)

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