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2000s, Combat - WWII, Drama - Family

Atonement

Released 2007 Rating 15 in UK
Director Joe Wright Writer/s Christopher Hampton
Starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
Source of story Book of the same name by Ian McEwan
Elevator Pitch A teenager with a crush on the son of a family retainer, frustrated by his impending relationship with her older sister, points the finger at him as the rapist of her cousin. She, and we, know he did not do it, and the lives of the three of them are changed as the Second World War turns the non-rapist into a soldier and the women into nurses.
Content Toffs meet in a country pile, swim, dine and talk in cut glass accents. Soldiers assemble on the beaches of Dunkirk, cars and buses drive about in wartime London. Some not very sexy sex (apart from the heavy breathing).
A View Critics loved this and it made a lot of money. For me the camera lingered for far too long on the profiles of the young and very good looking actors, and by the time we get to the final moments, during which an unexpected truth is revealed, I honestly did not care.

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