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Atonement

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Synopsis

The film opens in England, on the hottest day of the summer of 1935. Thirteen year old Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous Victorian Gothic mansion. As the family gathers for the weekend, the combination of the oppressive heat and long suppressed emotions coming to the surface create an ominous sense of threat and danger. Briony, a fledgling writer, is a girl with a vivid imagination. Through a series of catastropic misunderstandings which take place that day, the lives of Briony, her sister and her sister's newfound lover Robbie Turner - who is also the housekeeper's son - will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach, becoming victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination. Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt of which will colour her entire life.

Details

Year
2007
Type of film
Features
Running Time
123mins
Format
35mm
Director
Joe Wright
Producer
Richard Eyre, Robert Fox, Debra Hayward, Liz Chasin
Editor
Paul Tothill
Screenwriter
Christopher Hampton
Director of Photography
Seamus McGarvey
Production Designer
Sarah Greenwood
Principal Cast
Kiera Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Harriet Walter, Juno Temple, Felix Von Simson, Charlie Von Simson, Alfie Allen, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave
Costume Designer
Jacqueline Durran

Production Company

Working Title Films
5th Floor
Oxford House
76 Oxford Street
London W1D 1BS
UK

T+44 (0)20 7307 3000

http://www.workingtitlefilms.com

Sales
Company

Universal Pictures Intl
Oxford House
76 Oxford Street
London W1D 1BS
UK

T+44 (0)20 7307 1300

http://www.universalpictures.com