History Literature / Atonement

6th Nov '16 5:00:04 AM Aquila89
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* SexyBacklessOutfit: The emerald green dress Cecilia wears in the library scene.
2nd Nov '16 8:15:42 PM siberia82
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* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese poster]], Creator/KeiraKnightley is much more noticeable than her male co-star, even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy has the most screen time.

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* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese poster]], poster]] and the [[http://images2.static-bluray.com/movies/dvdcovers/96487_front.jpg Canadian DVD artwork,]][[note]]which incorrectly lists Knightley's name first[[/note]] Creator/KeiraKnightley is much more noticeable than her male co-star, even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy has the most screen time.
12th Aug '16 8:09:58 PM Wyvern76
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
12th Aug '16 8:09:05 PM Wyvern76
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood on his hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood a wound on his chest hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
3rd May '16 2:30:20 PM Elmo3000
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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship. Unfortunately for them, [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell and stays there.]]

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As for the plot, it's relatively simple. Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] thinks her older sister Cecilia is being sexually harassed by her childhood friend Robbie Turner, also the son of her family's housekeeper. The two are in fact considering a consensual relationship. Unfortunately for them, [[FromBadToWorse everything goes to hell and stays there.]]
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9th Apr '16 9:16:09 AM fearlessnikki
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* ChekhovsGun: Robbie seen looking at blood on his hands as he and his two men begin their march. [[spoiler: Foreshadowing the septicaemia that later kills him]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: PlayedForDrama. Briony and Lola, being young and naïve, assume Robbie must be a sex maniac. They don't understand adult relationships at all.



* DistantFinale: A depressing one indeed.

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* DistantFinale: A depressing one indeed.indeed, more explicit in the film, which features Briony being interviewed on TV. [[spoiler: Briony reveals that the whole second half of the story is a lie and that Robbie and Cecilia never got reunited. She's publishing her book on the events, rewriting history to give them a happy ending - before she succumbs to dementia.]]



* EurekaMoment: Years later when Briony realises [[spoiler: it was Paul Marshall she caught with Lola and not Robbie]].



* HairContrastDuo: Immature bratty Briony is blonde, contrasted with mature, open-minded Cecilia who is brunette.



* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Briony thinks she's WiseBeyondHerYears but she's still very naïve and ignorant of a lot of other things.
* LastNameBasis: When she's a nurse, Briony is reprimanded for letting patients call her by her first name. The ward sister only addresses her by her last name.



* MamaBear: Robbie's mother assaults the police car after her son is taken away.

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* MamaBear: Robbie's mother assaults the police car after her son is taken away. It doesn't amount to anything but points for effort.



* MonochromeCasting: Mace is one of the only nonwhite characters in both the book and the movie.

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* MonochromeCasting: Mace is one of the only nonwhite characters in both the book and the movie. Given that the first half of the story mainly focuses on one high class English family, this is semi-justified.
* MotorMouth: Thomas Nettle, who rambles on while Robbie and Mace are walking to Dunkirk.



* OhCrap: In the movie when Robbie hands the letter to Briony and she's had enough time to walk away, he realises he gave her the rude one by accident and shouts out "Briony!" - but to no avail.



* StarCrossedLovers: Not initially. Although Cecilia is higher class than Robbie, he's a friend of the family and it's implied they probably wouldn't have objected to them getting together. [[spoiler: But then Robbie is falsely convicted as a rapist and both of them later die in the war]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age. Likewise, we never hear of Robbie's mother after her son was convicted.
23rd Mar '16 7:56:01 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Briony (played by the blonde Saoirse Ronan) is described as having dark hair in the book.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Unlike Briony and Lola, when Cecilia reads the rude letter she guesses it was probably a joke and asks Robbie about it. While he's clearly mortified, Cecilia appears to have found it funny.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Briony (played by the blonde Saoirse Ronan) is described as having dark hair in the book. Given that brunette Keira Knightley was the first choice (for the adult version anyway) but chose to play Cecilia, this is presumably to distinguish the sisters.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Only at the start. Briony is the blonde and her sister Cecilia is the brunette. When cousin Lola arrives, that gives them a redhead too.



* HairstyleInertia: Briony has the same bobbed hairstyle in childhood and adulthood.



* IrrevocableMessage: the obscene letter Robbie accidentally sends to Cecilia.

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* IrrevocableMessage: the The obscene letter Robbie accidentally sends to Cecilia.



* KarmaHoudini: Paul Marshall.

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* KarmaHoudini: JailBaitWait: Another interpretation of [[spoiler: the rape of Lola is that she and Marshall were having an affair and he married her as soon as she came of age]].
* KarmaHoudini:
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Paul Marshall.Marshall who is guilty for [[spoiler: raping Lola and allowing Robbie to take the blame for it. Briony doesn't realise his guilt until years later when it's too late to do anything about it]].



* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Robbie's last action is to light a match and take one last look at the postcard of the cottage by the beach where he and Cecilia were going to spend time.]]

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* LetThemDieHappy: LetThemDieHappy:
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[[spoiler:Robbie's last action is to light a match and take one last look at the postcard of the cottage by the beach where he and Cecilia were going to spend time.]]]]
** Briony tends to a dying soldier who thinks she's his fiancee. She plays along.



* MiscarriageOfJustice

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* MiscarriageOfJusticeMiscarriageOfJustice: Robbie who gets sent to prison and later the army for a crime he didn't commit. The rude letter he wrote Cecilia and Briony's testimony just implicates him even further, as does the fact that he's the gardener's son - and all other suspects are upper class.


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* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** Briony spies Cecilia stripping off for Robbie and, combined with the rude letter she accidentally saw, concludes he must be a sex maniac. Cecilia was merely stripping off to get something out of the fountain and the letter was a joke.
** And when she walks in on the two of them having sex, she assumes Robbie must be ''attacking'' Cecilia.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not said what becomes of Briony's family after the war. Cecilia breaks off contact with them as soon as she comes of age.
6th Mar '16 2:34:41 AM Morgenthaler
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It was adapted into a 2007 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of the same name, directed by JoeWright and based on a screenplay by Christopher Hampton. It was produced by Working Title Films and filmed throughout the summer of 2006 in England and France, starring Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/KeiraKnightley. Distributed worldwide by Universal Studios, with minor releases through other divisions, it was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on September 7, 2007, and in North America on December 7, 2007.

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It was adapted into a 2007 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of the same name, directed by JoeWright Creator/JoeWright and based on a screenplay by Christopher Hampton. It was produced by Working Title Films and filmed throughout the summer of 2006 in England and France, starring Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/KeiraKnightley. Distributed worldwide by Universal Studios, with minor releases through other divisions, it was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on September 7, 2007, and in North America on December 7, 2007.
2nd Mar '16 7:09:30 PM Noraneko
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Both Robbie and Cecilia die.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Briony makes it clear that the final meeting between her, Cecilia, and Robbie never actually happened. Both died in 1940, having met only once for a short time since Robbie being put in jail. Paul Marshall gets away with his rape of Lola. Briony herself will die childless while literally losing her mind (though this may be seen as a comeuppance) and Cecilia die.doesn't even write her book revealing the truth until decades after it happens and after many of whom were involved in the incident are dead.]]



* TheGhost: The Old Man (the Tallis patriarch) is frequently alluded to, but never seen.



** [[spoiler:It's implied in both the book and the movie that Lola knew exactly who was raping her, and saw Briony's FalseRapeAccusation as a way out of an encounter that she may or may not have consented to. Judging by Lola's reaction to Briony at her wedding, she seemed to know that she (Briony) knew the truth, which means that she was perfectly willing to let an innocent Robbie go to prison for Paul's crimes. In that case she gets absolutely zero comeuppance for this, instead living the rest of her days as a rich woman and is healthy and hale the last time book!Briony sees her.]]
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Robbie's last action is to light a match and take one last look at the postcard of the cottage by the beach where he and Cecilia were going to spend time.]]



* MamaBear: Robbie's mother assaults the police car after her son is taken away.



* MonochromeCasting: Mace is one of the only nonwhite characters in both the book and the movie.
* NiceGuy: Nettle clearly likes and respects Robbie [[spoiler:and makes him as comfortable as possible when it becomes clear that Robbie won't make the night. He even takes his letters from Cecilia to return them when he makes it back.]]



* PoorCommunicationKills: A lot of the drama would probably have been sorted out if Robbie and Cecilia ''just told Briony they were in love''.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: A lot of the drama would probably have been sorted out if Robbie and Cecilia ''just told Briony they were in love''. Though they themselves didn't realize it until that same night, and Briony was still jealous of Robbie's feelings for Cecilia, the least they could have done is said something quickly after their encounter in the library instead of just awkwardly leaving.


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* {{Retirony}}: A variation. [[spoiler:A wounded Robbie has just a day to wait until he's evacuated, at which point he can meet Cecilia. Is it any wonder if he makes it or not?]]


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* SceneryPorn: It's a Joe Wright film; what do you expect? Even the shot of the somber Dunkirk feels more like SceneryGorn than true disarray.
23rd Feb '16 3:01:11 PM 0b1knob
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* RewatchBonus: Robbie's reaction to being told that the wounded will be left behind at Dunkirk. [[spoiler: He's not only badly wounded but dying at that point.]] Also a bizarre scene where Briony looks out a window at an old woman pushing an empty baby carriage. [[spoiler: The narrator is an old childless woman.]]
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