Atonement (2007)

Today I watched this movie together with my fiancee.

Briony Tallis, aged 13 (Saoirse Ronan)

I don't know the details, but I liked how the movie was shot. Together with the soundtrack, there's a sense of tension and mystery.

With that being said, I sometimes had trouble understanding the dialogue.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and my fiancee thought it was good as well. Although it only partially relates to the war, I would recommend it as a great movie in the drama-romance-war genre (e.g., A Very Long Engagement (2004)).

Robbie Turner (James McAvoy)

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 69% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down.

Instant Comments:
She's in such a hurry. [What builds the tension? The pacing? The actor's expression?]
Young Saiorse Ronan and James Mcavoy. [McAvoy began feature films in 2003. Oh, he was Mr. Tumnus (the faun) in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]

Leon Tallis (left, Patrick Kennedy), Cecilia Tallis (center, Keira Knightley), and Paul Marshall (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Showing the events out of order creates confusion and mystery.
Although Briony was shown first when the movie started, I didn't expect for her to be the main character.
Wow. That's quite the rising action / climax.
The typewriter clicking part of soundtrack is appropriate and riveting.

Pierrot Quincey & Jackson Quincey (Felix Von Simson & Charlie Von Simson) and Lola Quincey (Juno Temple)

Four years later!?
Whoa. Is this shot of the scene on the beach a long take? [I asked this about halfway through the scene. It's about five minutes long. It starts around the 1 hour and 5 minutes mark.][In a 2014 article "Ranking the 20 Greatest Most Celebrated Long Takes" on, this scene was ranked at number 18.]
Earlier I thought perhaps part of all this story was just part of Briony's play. While somewhat on point, I definitely didn't see that ending coming.

Briony contemplates.

Watched 20180214 (Netflix, Instant)
Atonement (2007) Joe Wright. 123 min [botnotsn (2001) by Ian McEwan]

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Cecilia is a nurse during World War II.

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