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Saturday, February 25, 2012


I just watched last night on DIVA MOVIE the movie "ATONEMENT -- it's a second time, as I enjoyed it when it was in the cinema circuit on first release a few years ago.

There was a voice within my head that my recent blog journey has "encounters" well depicted by the core premise of the movie storyline -- a piece of literary work by Ian McEwan which Desi would have been proud to claim just soul kinship if I could.

I can see the novel in McEwan's head could have had been Malaysia-influenced except it's Malaysia in the future, like the future is now.

I hope the many Malaysians committing this sin of SLANDER/FITNAH would get a DC copy of said movie, and share with Desi's view that there is some chord being struck within us after watching the fantastic movie.

I've learnt from some Muslim friends that MENFITNAH/SLANDERING another human is a crime worse than murder. I stand corrected if some raeders among you are well or better informed to "put me on the right track" should I be wrong to hold that viewpoint.

The slanderers are now more easily identified because the "sinners" just can't resist putting their words to Internet for all their beloved fans to see.

If you want Desi to name some NAMA, please-lah, I am not brave soul and I want my life quite serene and placid. Remember opening lines of DESIDERATA?

"GO placidly amid the noise and the haste
And remember what peace there may be in silence..."

Okay, I am googling "atonement, ian mcewan atonement", and here are some extracts which are good eye-openers to make you want to catch the movie. THEN PONDER.......


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Atonement (2007)

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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.


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Ian McEwan (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
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When Briony Tallis, 13 years old and an aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner 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. Written by garykmcd

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Suite Britianna
10 December 2007 | by David H. Schleicher (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

A budding young writer named Briony witnesses an innocent act she doesn't fully understand between her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and long-time family servant Robbie (James McAvoy) one restless summer day on her family's lavish country estate in 1935 England that leads to scandal in Joe Wright's dreadfully sumptuous adaptation of Ian McEwan's international best-selling novel, "Atonement." Four years later, all three characters try to find their own personal sense of peace or redemption during WWII.

This brief synopsis does nothing to explain the intricate complexities of the plot and actions that take place. Although Keira Knightley's performance is slightly off-putting due to the fact she appears like she just escaped from a concentration camp (surely young British socialites did not look like this in the 1930's), the stunning cast shows full range here racing through curious emotions: spite, lust, recklessness, and selfish wanton abandon. The facial expressions, especially from the children in the early scenes on the estate, are priceless. None of the characters are particularly sympathetic as they are often vain, self-absorbed, and quite silly in their drama, but they are fascinating to watch. The first third of the film is played like a "Masterpiece Theater" production of "The Great Gatsby" as seen through the eyes of Nancy Drew.

However, what makes "Atonement" soar is the impeccable direction of Joe Wright. He makes the most audacious coming-of-age as an auteur since Anthony Minghella delivered "The English Patient" back in 1996. Wright displays a near Kubrickian mastery of sound effects (notice the strikes of the typewriter keys) that transition from scene to scene and often bleed into the amazing score from Dario Marianelli. Wright also crafts a finely textured mise-en-scene that visually translates McEwan's richly composed story onto the screen with near note perfect fashion. Nothing can really prepare you for how well directed this film is until you see it, and the scene of the three soldiers arriving on the beach at the Dunkirk evacuation is one of the greatest stand alone unedited panning long shots ever captured on film. It left me gasping.

That scene leads to the heart of the film. The often clichéd romance at the core is trumped by Wright's depiction of Robbie, a single man forlorn and obsessed, his dizzying inner turmoil reflected against the grand canvas of a chaotic world at war. Likewise, Briony's redemption comes not in the too-clever conclusion at the end of the film, but in the intimate and symbolic confessional at the bedside of a dying French soldier. These moments leave lasting impressions, and left me imagining that if Joe Wright were to ever adapt Irene Nemiorovsky's "Suite Francaise" onto the silver screen, he would knock it so far out of the park it would leave "Gone With Wind" spinning in its gilded Hollywood grave.

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