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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Vanessa Redgrave
Keira Knightley
James McAvoy
Romola Garai
Brenda Blethyn
Saoirse Ronan
Benedict Cumberbatch
Directors
Joe Wright
Screenwriters
Christopher Hampton
Running Time
123 minutes

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Plot
1935, and 13 year-old Briony (Ronan) changes the course of several lives when she misreads the relationship between her sister Cecilia (Knightley) and housekeeper’s son Robbie (McAvoy). Later, as World War II rages, she tries to atone for her mistake.


Verdict
An adaptation at least as good as the novel - complex, delicate and devastating. Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright’s assured direction, make this the first contender for next year’s Best Picture Oscar.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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