• Atonement (2007)

Atonement

Release Date: December 7th, 2007

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2008

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.

Cast: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Juno Temple, Patrick Kennedy

Director: Joe Wright

Genres: Romance , Drama

Production Co: Working Title Films

Keywords: Emotional, Sister, Passionate, Deception, Soldier, England, Quest, 1940s, 1930s, Growing up, Fall, Love, Intense, Girlfriend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    With compelling and charismatic performances by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as the lovers, and a stunning contribution from Romola Garai as their remorseful nemesis, the film goes directly to "The English Patient" territory and might also expect rapturous audiences and major awards. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama