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Atonement

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Atonement


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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 grows 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.
Title: Atonement
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Focus Features presents in association with Studiocanal and Relativity Media a Working Title production ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster ; screenplay by Christopher Hampton ; directed by Joe Wright
Notes: Based on the novel by Ian McEwan
DVD release of the 2007 motion picture
Special features: deleted scenes with commentary from director Joe Wright; bringing the past to life: the making of Atonement; from novel to screen: adapting a classic; feature commentary with director Joe Wright
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Summary: 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 grows 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes, USA, 2008: Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture - Drama ; Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Dario Marianelli)
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ATONEMENT
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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 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Ok, I was going to order this movie, but the book sounds so good, I think I'll read it first. Oh, there is an audio book. Will get that, and read the book while listening to it. (This may sound a little weird, but, if the narrator is a good one, you get a better sense of the characters while listening, and I have found that this improves my pronunciation of words, as while I am an avid reader, I have found that I do not pronounce quite a few words properly!)

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  • shraddha_bharne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very gripping story. Not surprised by the end as I was somehow anticipating it. Overall, a very nice movie.

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  • mmg2681 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. The ending was unexpected, but in a good way.

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  • akirakato rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a 2007 British romantic film directed by Joe Wright and based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. It chronicles a crime and its consequences over the course of six decades, beginning in the 1930s. The acting of performers is strong and great, its cinematography is brilliant and superb, and Dario Marianelli's score is quite unique and inspiring, but to the viewer who hasn't read the novel, the last part of the film seems to spoil the intense feeling of the middle part and somewhat anti-climatic.

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  • madison382 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie.

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  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Watchable. Ending was unexpected. The film direction was poor, there were a lot of switching back and forth to move the plot.

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  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on a novel, “Atonement” had a good cast and wonderful cinematography. I cannot imagine this story not being on film.

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  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent approach to a romantic drama - full of mystery. An incredible overview of the repercussions created by one little girl's overactive imagination, and misconceptions, substantially altering the fate of two (three!) lives forever. An innocent accusation? Or done out of spite? Or both? And is there really any "atonement"? A remarkable story. The cinematography was superb - the five minute shot at Dunkirk was hypnotic; terrific score - it was a clever device to have the typewriter tap out the beat as a percussion instrument; directing; acting (especially James McAvoy); the whole package. Great movie.

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  • Michael rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Violence: some war scenes are graphic

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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.

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Coarse Language: Few scenes of mature language

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Violence: Scenes of war violence and injuries.

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Sexual Content: Sexual language and scenes.

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  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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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