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Atonement

Rating:R (for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:December 14, 2007
Running time:123 minutes
Cast:Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn
Director:Joe Wright
Producer:Paul Webster, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Writer:Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan
Distributor:Focus Features

Description: In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia. Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony--who has a crush on Robbie--is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested--and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement and to an understanding of the power of enduring love.

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