Writer Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, Atonement, is simply stunning. Starring Kiera Knightley and James McAvoy as lovers separated by class, this English romance will have you wondering if you will ever find love like these characters do. Set in the leisure of 1940s England that is interuppted by war, a girl too young to understand anything about love or sex makes a terrible mistake that will haunt her for the rest of her and the young lovers’ lives. Separated by lies and the violence of war, the young couple will keep you stuck to the screen as you anticipate what will happen next. The cinematography is simply stunning and the various perspective and shifting point of view is simply brilliant, but if you long for linear narratives, Atonement may not be for you. Keep your eyes open for constant symbolism, foreshadowing and do not miss director Joe Wright’s five minute shot of the troops on the beaches of France–this is simply stunning. Writer Christopher Hampton, often known for his British hertiage films, did a remarkable job combining the very essence of romance, the destruction of war and the meaning of leisure tainted by human corruption. Do not miss this film that reveals subtle touches of Harold Pinter’s The Go-Between and Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain in the most beautiful, heart-wrenching way.