Synopsis: When Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), 13 years old and an aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) at the fountain in front of the family estate she misinterprets what is happening thus setting into motion a series of misunderstandings and a childish pique that will have lasting repercussions for all of them. Robbie is the son of a family servant toward whom the family has always been kind. They paid for his time at Cambridge and now he plans on going to medical school. After the fountain incident, Briony reads a letter intended for Cecilia and concludes that Robbie is a deviant. When her cousin Lola is raped, she tells the police that it was Robbie she saw committing the deed.
Unique Selling Point: The movie is based on a best-selling novel and it stays very close to the source. It’s a romantic drama, set during world war II, with secrets, lies and betrayal as important themes.
Most Valuable Player: Saoirse Ronan as young Briony Tallis. She is fantastic and overshadows her very experienced co-stars.
Best Moment: The moment where Cecilia and Robbie meet up at the fountain. We get to see their version and how Briony sees it.