There are at least three good reasons to look at Joe Wright’s Atonement / Atonement, which opened this year’s Venice Film Festival, First, it is a big, beautiful, dramatic love story. Second, Keira Knightley is in all its elegance and beauty to be admired. And thirdly, he shows in an impressive way too much imagination for what cause damage.

Atonement / Atonement is the successful based on the novel by English writer Ian McEwan. Joe Wright, the director, sets out to not entirely new territory. Two years ago, he has adapted with Pride and Prejudice / Pride And Predjudice (2005) the famous novel by Jane Austen for the big screen, also with Keira Knightley. Wright also proves this time that he has a knack for the implementation of such substances.

The movie begins in England in the 1930s. The two sisters Briony (Saoirse Ronan), Cecilia (Keira Knightley) are living with their mother in a mansion in the country. The gardener’s son Robbie (James McAvoy) has long cast an eye on Cecilia, the older sister. After an embarrassing gaffe, the two finally come closer, literally falling over each other to confess their love to each other – and are observed by the 13 year old Briony. Sometimes confused, sometimes jealous Briony fantasized together a fabric that is to bring the two apart again as soon as possible. It is liable to Robbie a crime that he did not commit, and it must be presumed innocent in prison. The consequences of these events do not get rid of the three, and they lead in different ways by the horrors of the 2nd World War II.

What Briony has done so, they can only realize much later. As a punishment she goes to the war in the service as a nurse (played by Romola Garai). But it is their mistake never be able to do well and their conscience, which is expressed as a narrow shoe ever, never quite clean. Only when she writes about the events of a novel, it can be blamed partly to write from the soul. At the end of the film we see Briony as an elderly lady (grandiose: is Vanessa Redgrave) and how they then reported on her life and that what happened in a television interview, it’s more than painful – it tears a near heart.

Atonement / Atonement is great cinema staged: perfectly crafted, especially the brilliant, epic camera shots are particularly striking. The actors take it from every word, every gesture, every movement, as well as they embody their roles. A film that moves, the one sweeps and evokes emotions that lie dormant somewhere in any depth. The film may be conventional, but you can enjoy it from the first to the last minute.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: Atonement Original Title: Atonement Country of production: U.S., UK Year of production: 2006 – 2007 Length: (# ) 123 (min) of material: UIP

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