I recently rewatched this movie and fell in love with it again. It’s about a dozen years old now but no less compelling.

Timeframe is about 1939 to 1946 for this English drama. Based on the book by Ian McEwan, Atonement explores a tragic decision by a 10-year old that drastically impacts the life of the protagonist, Robbie. Robbie is played by James McAvoy, a brilliant actor. McAvoy years after the filming of this movie has said this particular character still gets to him.

Directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina), so you will see a lot of artistic symbolism during the movie. A lot of playing with music and sounds to dramatize the story. Who else uses Chagall imagery during a steamy sex scene?  Director of Photography, Seamus McGarvey is the master painter of film.

Follow Robbie and Cecelia as they fall in love and then be betrayed and pulled apart during war time WWII.

McAvoy is Robbie and Keira Knightly is Cecilia. A very young Saoirse Ronan plays Cecilia’s younger sister, Briony.  They are surrounded by an amazing cast not to be missed. Benedict Cumberbatch, Danny Mays, Romola Garai, Juno Temple and Patrick Kennedy.

Very much worth watching even more than once. Vanessa Redgrave paints the ending scene as an older version of Briony. A splendid and meaningful ending.

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