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Friday Film: “Atonement”

Can jealousy make you go to that dark place where your actions can even doom a person’s entire life forever? Can someone become that malicious only to satisfy their ego?

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The 2007 drama film “Atonement” will make you realize that the depths a jealous person can go in are the greatest there is. The film is based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel of the same name, and it manages to depict the original material quite impressively at its most captivating moments. Joe Wright is the director of “Atonement” who has also directed a lot of other classics, such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Darkest Hour,” and “Anna Karenina.” If you are familiar with his other works that are beyond splendid, you will most definitely consider adding this one in your watch-list as well.

Two sisters fall in love with the same guy without knowing it. One day, one of them, Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan,  “Brooklyn,” “The Lovely Bones,” “The Host), witnesses something that she misreads: Her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley,  “Pride & Prejudice,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “King Arthur) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy,  “Split,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Wanted) at the fountain in front of the family estate were flirting in a weird way. When a serious crime happens, Briony does the unthinkable, dooming the two lovers’ destiny forever.

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The film is set in England in 1935. While Briony’s actions are causing terrible events to happen, none of the other two main characters know the truth throughout the entire film. The viewers are witnessing a series of tragic events occurring one after another, hoping that the truth will finally come out and make it all go away. But, the very thing everyone despairs to witness is Briony’s punishment for all of that. In fact, Saoirse Ronan’s acting is so captivating and to the point, that you will completely hate her in this movie. I despised her so much during this film that I have not watched any other films she is starring in, to be honest.

Of course, when two young sisters both fall in love with the same man, it is a matter of time someone does something tragically stupid that ends up hurting one of the other two individuals –or even both of them. But, you never expect a teenager to do something so wicked. The movie is setting the foundations of redemption you will desperately want to feel at some point. Will atonement come or not? Will this secret remain hidden forever and only we, the audience, would know the truth?

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If you are curious to find out, watch the “Atonement,” a film based on Ian McEwan’s book that was also his breakthrough into becoming “the greatest living English novelist.” Prepare to watch a film that makes the atonement a must in your lives.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

 

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