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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the year's best films, a certain best picture nominee. show more

  • 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

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. show more

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Awards

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