Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Screen Time: 30%
Role: Briony Tallis
Age: 12 years old



Reviens-moi (France)
Rating: 8 (6 votes)
Directed: Joe Wright
Country: UK, France
Language: English, French
Genre: Drama


Joe Wright, the BAFTA Award-winning director of "Pride & Prejudice," has reunited with his film making team and his Academy Award-nominated actress, Keira Knightley, for another classic British romance, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for "The Last King of Scotland") opposite Ms. Knightley. Christopher Hampton (Academy Award winner for "Dangerous Liaisons") has written the screenplay adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel Atonement. Shot on location in the U.K., the film's story spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) 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 (Mr. McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Ms. Knightley). 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.

Movie Reviews

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, Atonement is an epic war-time love story in the vein of The English Patient, and it does the genre proud. The actors are brimming with passion and angst--restrained, subtle, sympathetic and believable. And director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) layers on gorgeous and striking imagery to add another layer to an already smart and spare script by Christopher Hampton. As beautiful as it is thought-provoking and soulful, Atonement is a must-see.







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