15 certificateAtonement is a Film programme that first aired in 2007 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Atonement is a 4 star programme

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Atonement (2007)

Directed by
Joe Wright

Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai and Saoirse Ronan star in Joe Wright's Bafta award-winning period romance, adapted from Ian McEwan's bestselling novel.

The story opens on a stiflingly hot summer day in 1935 at the country estate of the Tallis family. Thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis, a precocious would-be playwright, has a crush on Robbie Turner, the groundsman's son. The trouble is, so does Briony's elder sister Cecilia; and what's more, the two of them are engaged in a passionate affair.

When Briony discovers this, she concocts a terrible lie on a spiteful impulse, which has dramatic and far-reaching consequences. As the narrative shifts to 1940, Cecilia has ostracised herself from her family and remains faithful to her outcast beau; Robbie finds himself injured and trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk; and Briony is desperate to right the wrong she caused.

Christopher Hampton, the screenwriter of Dangerous Liaisons, skilfully takes the best from Ian McEwan's bestselling novel, creating a modern Brief Encounter that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. And director Wright, who wrought a career-best performance out of Keira Knightley in Pride And Prejudice, repeats the feat. Anchored by the increasingly impressive McAvoy and featuring a bravura sequence at Dunkirk, this magnificent drama was one of the major films of 2007.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2007

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/France

Filmed in Colour


Image for James McAvoyJames McAvoy...Robbie Turner
Image for Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley...Cecilia Tallis
Image for Harriet WalterHarriet Walter...Emily Tallis
Image for Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan...Briony Tallis aged 13
Image for Brenda BlethynBrenda Blethyn...Grace Turner
Image for Daniel MaysDaniel Mays...Tommy Nettle
Image for Juno TempleJuno Temple...Lola Quincey
Felix von Simson...Pierrot Quincey
Charlie von Simson...Jackson Quincey
Alfie Allen...Danny Hardman
Patrick Kennedy...Leon Tallis
Image for Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch...Paul Marshall
Peter Wight...Police Inspector
Leander Deeny...Police Constable
Peter O'Connor...Police Sgt.