Monday, March 7, 2016

Atonement (2007)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Dario Marianelli
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Paul Webster
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Saoirse Ronan
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Christopher Hampton
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Sarah Greenwood (art director)
Katie Spencer (set decorator)
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran

Focus Features
Directed by Joe Wright
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Bored socialite Keira Knightley falls for groundskeeper James McAvoy. Their sexual tryst in a library is glimpsed by her impressionable young sister Saoirse Ronan. When Ronan's friend is raped she names McAvoy as the attacker although only glimpsing him for a moment in the dark. Her mis-identification changes all of their lives. Ronan, now a famous writer, concocts an alternate outcome for her last book, which is shown in the film as if it really happened. Their real fates are later revealed. A confusing, disjointed story laced with kinky sex and graphic war violence.

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