Atonement | 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright

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Main Plot

Thirteen-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.


  • Keira Knightley's character in Atonement is Cecilia Tallis, who is the older sister of the protagonist and the love interest of Robbie Turner.
  • James McAvoy's character in Atonement is Robbie Turner, a young man falsely accused of a crime.
  • Brenda Blethyn portrays Grace Turner, a pivotal character in the plot of Atonement as the mother of Robbie Turner.


In the conclusion of "Atonement" directed by Joe Wright, it is revealed that the events leading up to and during World War II were a fictional creation by Briony, a young aspiring writer seeking atonement for her past mistakes. Briony's guilt and remorse are explored as she confesses to her crime of falsely accusing Robbie, the man she loves, of a crime he did not commit. The film ends with Briony, now an elderly author, reflecting on the power of storytelling and the impossibility of truly making amends for her actions.

Joe Wright