Thursday, November 1, 2012
$8 tickets for everyone!
Wright followed Pride & Prejudice with this superb film version of Ian McEwan’s bestselling, seemingly unfilmable novel. Adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), Atonement begins in 1935, where 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). When they connect, Briony–who has her own crush on Robbie–is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested–and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner for Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli).