History Literature / Atonement

18th Apr '18 1:43:21 AM GlassCatOwl
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* UnreliableNarrator: Briony. [[spoiler: She is telling the story as a novelist several decades in the future, and (in the film) explains that a divergence from reality began at the Dunkirk evacuation. The revelation that Briony is the one telling the story calls the accuracy of other parts to question as well; her descriptions about the thoughts and feelings of other people (mainly Cecilia and Robbie) must be based on conjecture.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: Briony. [[spoiler: She is telling the story as a novelist several decades in the future, and (in the film) explains that a divergence from reality began at the Dunkirk evacuation. The revelation that Briony is the one telling the story calls the accuracy of other parts to question as well; her descriptions about the thoughts and feelings of other people (mainly Cecilia and Robbie) must be based on conjecture. The harsh, almost spiteful portrayal of young Briony can also be read as part of older Briony's regret and self-loathing.]]



* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese 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.

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* WolverinePublicity: For the official [[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~nishiken/images/img318.jpg Japanese 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]] artwork,]] Creator/KeiraKnightley is much more noticeable than her male co-star, even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy has the most screen time.
10th Apr '18 7:00:26 AM Aquila89
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* UnreliableNarrator: Briony. [[spoiler: She is telling the story as a novelist several decades in the future, and (in the film) explains that a divergence from reality began at the Dunkirk evacuation.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: Briony. [[spoiler: She is telling the story as a novelist several decades in the future, and (in the film) explains that a divergence from reality began at the Dunkirk evacuation. The revelation that Briony is the one telling the story calls the accuracy of other parts to question as well; her descriptions about the thoughts and feelings of other people (mainly Cecilia and Robbie) must be based on conjecture.]]
24th Feb '18 1:17:50 PM Aquila89
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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia. Briony says at the end that she changed the details because she didn't want to tell a story like that: "How could that constitute an ending? What sense or hope or satisfaction could a reader draw from such an account? Who would want to believe that they never met again, never fulfilled their love? Who would want to believe that, except in the service of the bleakest realism? I couldn’t do it to them."]]

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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia. Briony says at the end that she changed the details in her book because she didn't want to tell a story like that: "How could that constitute an ending? What sense or hope or satisfaction could a reader draw from such an account? Who would want to believe that they never met again, never fulfilled their love? Who would want to believe that, except in the service of the bleakest realism? I couldn’t do it to them."]]
24th Feb '18 1:17:16 PM Aquila89
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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia.]]

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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia.]] Briony says at the end that she changed the details because she didn't want to tell a story like that: "How could that constitute an ending? What sense or hope or satisfaction could a reader draw from such an account? Who would want to believe that they never met again, never fulfilled their love? Who would want to believe that, except in the service of the bleakest realism? I couldn’t do it to them."]]
24th Feb '18 6:28:36 AM Synchronicity
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->''"It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you."''



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. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.

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Briony Tallis, a young [[MostWritersAreWriters writer]] from a well-off family, 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. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.
24th Feb '18 6:25:45 AM Synchronicity
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It was adapted into a 2007 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of the same name, directed by 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.

''Atonement'' opened the 64th Venice International Film Festival, making Wright, at the age of thirty-five, the youngest director ever to open the event. The film also opened the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival.

The film won an Oscar for the Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards, and was nominated for six others, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (SaoirseRonan). At the 61st British Academy Film Awards, it won the Best Film of the Year and the Production Design award.

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. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.

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It was adapted into a 2007 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of the same name, directed by 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.

''Atonement'' opened the 64th Venice International Film Festival, making Wright, at the age of thirty-five, the youngest director ever to open the event. The film also opened the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival.

The film won an Oscar for the Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards, and was nominated for six others, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (SaoirseRonan). At the 61st British Academy Film Awards, it won the Best Film of the Year and the Production Design award.

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. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.
couple.

The novel was adapted into a 2007 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of the same name, directed by Creator/JoeWright and based on a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, 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. The film opened the 64th Venice International Film Festival, making Wright, at the age of thirty-five, the youngest director ever to open the event. The film also opened the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival. It went on to win an Oscar for the Best Original Score at the 80th Academy Awards, and was nominated for six others. At the 61st British Academy Film Awards, it won the Best Film of the Year and the Production Design award.
24th Feb '18 6:14:38 AM QueenofSwords
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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.

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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.
9th Aug '17 3:06:32 PM fearlessnikki
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* IAmVeryBritish: As most of the characters are upper class, the actors all posh up their voices considerably. Robbie sports this voice too despite being lower class - as he's brought up around the family.



* ThePenance

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* ThePenanceOutOfCharacterMoment: When Briony visits Robbie in the London flat, he threatens to throw her down the stairs; quite different from the calm and soft-spoken Robbie we're used to. Especially compared to his TranquilFury when Briony faked drowning. [[spoiler: This is a clue that the scene is entirely made up by Briony]].
* ThePenance: A non-physical example. Once Briony matures and realises the extent of what she's done, she refuses a position at Cambridge and volunteers as a nurse.



* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]

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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]][[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog: Robbie and Cecilia both die in the war, before either getting to be together or Briony attempting to make amends. Marshall and Lola get away with their crimes, and Briony eventually gets dementia.]]



* 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]].

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* 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]].war. Cecilia even states that her family stopped her from visiting Robbie in prison]].



* WarIsHell

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* WarIsHellWarIsHell: Present but it isn't the bulk of the story. [[spoiler: It is however the reason the lovers never get to be together]].
18th Jul '17 8:55:52 AM Noraneko
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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.

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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.
relationship. But the lie she tells leads to lasting, tragic consequences that threaten the happiness of the couple.
25th Apr '17 12:25:21 PM Noraneko
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* GutPunch: [[spoiler:Though the tone was bleak as it was, there was the faint HopeSpot that Robbie and Cecilia managed to survive and live happily together, but TheReveal shows that both lovers, the most sympathetic characters, died without seeing each other after the meeting in the cafe.]]
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