DVD - 2008
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"This is one of the year's best films, a certain best picture nominee."--Roger Ebert
"How fitting, somehow, that a novel so devoted to the precision and passionate love of language be captured in a film that is simply too exquisite for words."--Washington Post
"Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms..."--Variety
When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrevocably change the course of all their lives forever.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA ATO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 12, 2018

A lovely to look at, subtly twisty, cautionary tale to beware precocious dreamy teen-aged girls.. ..not to mention aristocrats, prison & the army.

Apr 10, 2017

I didn't like this movie, so I didn't watch all of it.

adasilva7 Jun 25, 2015

One of few instances where the film adaptation does justice to the novel it's based on. It's heartbreaking but totally captivating and an overall excellent film.

Jun 23, 2015

I have not read the book so I have nothing to compare it to but thought this movie was well done until the ending which totally ruined the whole movie and made it pointless.

Dec 20, 2014

This gorgeous period piece set in England just before WWII tells the story of two young lovers whose lives take a tragic turn after an over-imaginative child makes a series of false accusations. Magnificent performances are further enhanced by stunning sets and impeccable cinematography....including an amazing 3-minute single take along a beach strewn with soldiers and the machineries of war. This is truly a filmmaker’s film, and the heartbreaking double twist at the end is sure to make this a cinema classic.

Feb 16, 2014

This is one of those movies that prove that life is not always fair. The talent of great actors in this film make it worth watching.

Dec 27, 2013

This is by far the best movie adaptation of a really good book that I have ever seen. Normally I avoid the filmed version of books I loved (I'm thinking of you, Mansfield Park..) because I know that the writers will leave out things and distort others, but this is the exception.

Dec 19, 2013

Ok, I was going to order this movie, but the book sounds so good, I think I'll read it first. Oh, there is an audio book. Will get that, and read the book while listening to it. (This may sound a little weird, but, if the narrator is a good one, you get a better sense of the characters while listening, and I have found that this improves my pronunciation of words, as while I am an avid reader, I have found that I do not pronounce quite a few words properly!)

shraddha_bharne Oct 17, 2013

Very gripping story. Not surprised by the end as I was somehow anticipating it. Overall, a very nice movie.

mmg2681 Sep 16, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. The ending was unexpected, but in a good way.

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Aug 29, 2008

Coarse Language: 1. a single typed word that resonates as the key to a loss of innocence and leads to ultimate betrayal. 2. Swearing amongst soldiers

Aug 29, 2008

Violence: some war scenes are graphic

Aug 29, 2008

Sexual Content: 1.a very visually suggestive sex scene between the two main characters. 2. an alluded-to sexually compromising act towards a young girl.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Sexual Content: Sexual language and scenes.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Violence: Scenes of war violence and injuries.

nadian Aug 26, 2008

Coarse Language: Few scenes of mature language


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Apr 13, 2017

Cecilia Tallis: I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

Jun 06, 2012

Cecilia Tallis: "My brother and I found the two of them down by the lake." Police Inspector: "You didn't see anyone else?" Cecilia Tallis: "I wouldn't necessarily believe everything Briony tells you. She's rather fanciful."

Nov 18, 2010

"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 Turner(James McAvoy)


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