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  • Manufacturer: Universal Studios
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      A mischievous girl accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that her words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all involved in a film that re-teams the filmmakers behind Pride & Prejudice to adapt the best-selling 2002 novel by author Ian McEwan. The year is 1935, and as the summer heat takes hold, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis watches her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), get undressed and go frolicking in the garden fountain on her family's country estate. The housekeeper's son, Robbie (James McAvoy), a childhood friend and recent Cambridge graduate, also witnesses the innocent act. When Robbie and Cecilia subsequently cross a particularly sensitive boundary and the scheming Briony accuses Robbie of an unspeakable transgression for which the boy is wholly innocent, the repercussions of her unfounded claim threaten to affect all three for decades to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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    Movie Level Themes
      Life on the Homefront, Star-Crossed Lovers, Miscarriage of Justice, Betrayal, Sibling Relationships, Innocence Lost, Servants and Employers
    Movie Level Tones
      Elegiac, Forceful, Literate, Lyrical, Passionate, Poignant, Sweeping

    DVD Features

    • Deleted Scenes
    • Bringing The Past To Life: The Making Of Atonement
    • From Novel To Screen: Adapting A Classic
    • Feature Commentary With Director Joe Wright
    • 2007--Broadcast Film Critics Association, Joe Wright-Nominee
    • 2007--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Keira Knightley-Nominee
    • 2007--Phoenix Film Critics Association, Saoirse Ronan-Winner
    • 2007--Ohio Film Critics, Dario Marianelli-Nominee
    • 2007--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Tim Bevan-Nominee
    • 2007--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Christopher Hampton-Nominee
    • 2007--British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Seamus Mcgarvey-Nominee
    • 2007--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sarah Greenwood-Nominee
    • 2007--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Katie Spencer-Nominee
    • 2007--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Seamus Mcgarvey-Nominee
    • 2007--Broadcast Film Critics Association, Dario Marianelli-Nominee
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      Joe Wright's Atonement is impressive for what it isn't as much as for what it is. For starters, it's not a straightforward period piece, though the presence of James McAvoy and Keira Knightley (alongside her Pride & Prejudice director) might suggest otherwise. Neither is it the least bit slow, with Wright's cinematic choices invigorating the narrative at every turn. It should be no surprise, then, that Atonement's marriage of lofty war-time subject matter and eye-opening technique earned it seven Oscar nominations. Viewers will find their eyes opened plenty wide -- even before noticing any technique -- by Atonement's raw sexuality, which immediately removes it from the tea-and-crumpet politeness of your average costume drama. McAvoy's Robbie has several smoldering encounters with Knightley's Cecelia, one involving a letter so lurid, it's downright smut. Crucially, these episodes are misinterpreted -- perhaps willfully -- by Cecilia's sister Briony (the Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan). Wright orchestrates these passages so they appear to be merely the whimsical misunderstandings of any good farce. But as the levity peels away toward sinister motivations and irrevocable repercussions, Atonement slouches into the scourges of war, leaving those parlors behind forever. Wright accomplishes all this through a memorable bag of tricks, including a repeating narrative structure that shows events interpreted from several perspectives; an indelible Oscar-winning score by Dario Marianelli, which utilizes typewriter keystrokes as percussion instruments; and one of the most ambitious uninterrupted shots ever recorded on film (by DP Seamus Mcgarvey). Perhaps second only to Children of Men's famous tracking shot in terms of modern achievement, this five-and-a-half-minute continuous take is a truly jaw-dropping sequence along the beach at Dunkirk, starting with the execution of several horses, then looping through all manner of minutely choreographed chaos without missing a beat. If there's any complaint here, it's that some viewers may feel shaken by the film's abrupt compartmentalization of its chronology, most notably during the final ten minutes, which have a somewhat spell-breaking effect. But most viewers should find themselves utterly enveloped by a movie far different than they may have prejudged. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi


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