In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony -- who has a 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. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love. (IMDB)

Romola Garai plays an older Briony

On the red carpet...
Saoirse Ronan and Vanessa Redgrave (younger & older Briony)
James McAvoy and Keira Knightley

Oscar Nominations
Best Motion Picture of the Year (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Saoirse Ronan),
Best Adapted Screenplay (Christopher Hampton),
Achievement in Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer),
Achievement in Cinematography (Seamus McGarvey),
Achievement in Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran),
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures - Original Score (Dario Marianelli).


Joe Wright had wanted Keira Knightley to play the role of Briony in her late teens, but Knightley immediately liked the character of Cecilia, and also wanted to get away from playing girls on the brink of womanhood and play a more mature character for once.

Romola Garai shot her scenes in 4 days.

The opening film of the 2007's Venice Film Festival. Director Joe Wright, at 35, is the youngest director to have a film open this prestigious event.

James McAvoy considered the script the best he had ever read.


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