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We see what we want to see, we believe what we want to believe, and we pay for both for the rest of our lives. The ‘fanciful’ Briony, as her sister Cecilia characterises her, lets her gift for imagination run amock when she accuses her sister’s true love Robbie of assault, leading to his imprisonment. The torture the consequences cause to all characters involved is described like only Ian McEwan can, masterfully depicted on screen by director Joe Wright, intensified by a very original musical score by Dario Marianelli, and matured by the powerful acting of Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and the three actresses playing Briony, of which Saoirse Ronan deserves much praise. Atonement has rarely been so tangible. Oscar worthy, go see it.