It is a shame that Atonement did not win a Best Picture Oscar.
Atonement – 5 Tissues
“In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) 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 Brionys vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (Mr. McAvoy), the educated son of the familys housekeeper, carries a torch for Brionys headstrong older sister Cecilia (Ms. Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, 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, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony 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.”
The film is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel of the same title. (One to add to your reading list if you are not a movie person)
I write this with fresh tears in my eyes. I promise not to spoil a thing about this movie. Atonement is a must see. It is not for the weak or squimish, it is very graphic at moments and is quite tragic, but in the most beautiful way.
I want to say more, I want to have a dialogue about this film, I want to <<<bite lip>>>! But alas I made a promise. Please do make the time, soon, to see this film! I need someone intelligent to talk with about Atonement.
Whether you watch it or read it I recommend having a box of kleenex close at hand. A minimum of 5.