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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A young girl misunderstands what she sees. Two lovers are separated. Will she have a chance to make amends four years later in the midst of WWII?

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Nov 30, 2020

Didn't like the annoying typewriter tapping, or the flashbacks, or anorexic Kiera Knightly, or how it dragged in the beginning. Didn't like their thick accents and didn't feel like reading subtitles. Didn't like the ending. The acting was very good as was the cinematography.

Sep 30, 2020

Acting was wonderful, scenery, setting, character development all stellar. However the message of the movie was more than just disappointing. Atonement as a title really misleads.

Apr 09, 2020

Baby Saoirse Ronan! Keira Knightley and James MacAvoy are heartbreaking as star-crossed Cecilia and Robbie. Amazing film.

Nov 25, 2019

Simply put, a Masterpiece...

Aug 22, 2019

Loved this movie

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 10, 2017

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

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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

Aug 29, 2008

Violence: some war scenes are graphic

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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Apr 13, 2017

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

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."

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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