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  • 2007
  • R
  • 130min
  • 83%
  • 7.8 / 10

13-year-old aspiring writer Briony puts the lives of young lovers Cecilia and Robbie and her own in jeopardy after she sees something she does not fully understand.

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Atonement opened the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival and the 64th Venice International Film Festival. It made Wright the youngest director to ever open the latter event. Since its release, Atonement has become a subject of several discourses for inaccurately depicting history. One scene in the film shows soldiers lining up on the beach is an honest and congruent recreation of pictures taken as thousands of men retreat to Dunkirk. Although the film recreates the scenery as a giant mess, the real evacuation was far from disarray. During the real evacuation, men waited in vain in the water to board the ships. Despite this, Atonement still had a positive reception. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film an 83%. Its critical consensus praised the strong performances, particularly those of the lead cast, and polished cinematography and musical score. On Metacritic, the film holds an 85%. Atonement also emerged on several critics’ top ten lists, including those of Kenneth Turan, Lou Lumenick, Peter Travers, and Empire. Aside from that, the film also claimed several nominations and awards. These include Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Drama Motion Picture, Best Original Score, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress.


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Atonement is a 2007 romantic war drama film that chronicles a childish misdeed and its long-lasting repercussions that began in the 1930s. It was directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay penned by Christopher Hampton. It is based on the 2001 British metafiction novel of the same name written by Ian McEwan. It features James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Vanessa Redgrave.