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ATONEMENT: A Pure Tragedy

时间:2010-10-04 11:38来源:哈尔滨市师范大学附属中学 作者:麻娜 点击:
This is a pure sad love story which can make you sad, make you cry, and make your heart break. Yes, I saw him, I saw him with my own eyes. As the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, three childrens lives are chang

This is a pure sad love story which can make you sad, make you cry, and make your heart break.

“Yes, I saw him, I saw him with my own eyes.”

As the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, three children’s lives are changed forever in just one day…
In the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis observes a flirtation between a servant's son, Robbie, and her older sister, Cecilia, that she childishly misconstrues, which leads to a tragic consequences, When her cousin Laura was raped, our heroine is quite sure that she saw Robbie is doing. Thus, regardless of her sister Cecilia's protest, Robbie was sent to jail. Briony's misunderstanding leads to a terrible crime, whose consequences follow them through World War II, and the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

“Dearest Cecilia. The story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the Surrey Park at dusk in my best suit swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return, find you, love you, marry you, and live without shame.”
“Robbie, look at me, come back, come back to me.”

Later, during the World War II, Robbie joined the army, and Cecilia became an army nurse, met during the chaos of the retreat at Dunkirk.
The big retreat at Dunkirk is probably the most famous strategic shift in war history. It saved the exhausted soldiers on the European continent, but did not have enough time to preserve a struggle love because of the war. Death, oceans apart, the distant lovers and the untouchable pale dreams, always causes heartache.
The key is that, for Briony herself, the love between her sister and Robbie, no longer had chance to save, and she was never able to put things right with her sister.

“How old do you have to be to know the difference between right and wrong? What are you, 18? Do you have to be 18 before you can bring yourself to own up to a lie? There are soldiers of 18, old enough to be left by the side of the road, did you know that? 5 years ago, you didn't care about telling the truth. You, all your family, you just assumed that for all my education, I was still little better than a servant, still not to be trusted! Thanks to you, they were able to close ranks and throw me to the fucking wolves.”

It is interesting that Keira Knightley played Cecilia after her leading role as Elizabeth in the film PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but not luckily as Mr. Darcy, Robbie Turner was misunderstood by the prejudice of him all his short life.
Briony was too much of a coward to go and see her sister. This scene in which she confess to them is imagined, invented. And, in fact, that could never have happened, for Robbie Turner died of septicemia on the last day of the evacuation, with Cecilia killed in the same year later.

“I gave them the happiness.”

In front of the camera, older Briony Tallis's voice trembled.
The passage of time still didn't let her to generate enough courage, besides wrote a wonderful ending to express her sorry, during the war time, she still dared not go to her elder sister's apartment, to say, "Sorry, Cee."
That afternoon let her life become a pray for forgiveness. She gave up the Cambridge University, chose the army nurse career, she still used her whole life for the writing of the novel ATONEMENT.

ATONEMENT is unquestionably, without any reservations, a beautifully but ultimately very sad piece of serious film that well worth watching. With a haunting love story, a war story which is compelling and convincing, it’s an extraordinary masterpiece that will make you rethink the whole thing and the questions that leading characters rose.
 

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