This green dress image is memorable. . . the color, the style, the elegance.. . . the passion.
I discovered this British period film based on Ian Mc Ewan’s book of a wealthy British family set at their countryside estate circa 1935. The story continues through scenes of the World War II battle for Dunkirk to the closing of the 20th century. Karen Knightly and James McAvoy have strong chemistry that easily lasts throughout the lengthy story.
The film was released in 2007 but I found it on the TV Fire Stick last night and was held spellbound. Not only is it visually strong with the wide slow-shots , it touches a place of reality in the themes. Love, lies, sex, class and the power of words. Briony, Keira’s younger jealous sister utters a lie that changes all their lives forever.
If you have either seen the play Doubt or the film of the same name, you might agree with me in that there is a similarity between these two. Doubt is the feeling we have is to whether something is the truth , or is just a mistake or did it mean something else. It is a startling realization. We are usually committed that something is true if we see it with our eyes. Is it though? I am reminded in that the police says witnesses rarely give the same account of an accident, though both were there.
Atonement begins and ends with words and the power they hold over life. . . true . . . mistaken or . . . . lies.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit