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Atonement

[cert 15, 122 mins]

On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination, and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will colour her entire life.

Young man smiles at young woman who looks away in the distance

Director: Joe Wright

Starring: Brenda Blethyn, James McAvoy, Keira Knightley

Level: AS, A2, Scottish Highers

Subjects: English, Film Studies, History, Media Studies

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