On a sultry summer day in 1935, an upper-class British family
prepares for a dinner party at their country estate. The players:
Briony Tallis ( Saoirse Ronan), a precocious preteen writer;
her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley), Cambridge graduate
and femme fatale; Robbie Turner (James McEvoy), the housekeepers
mensch-y son, who carries a torch for Cecilia; and various visitors
and family members. A series of misperceptions, fueled by the summer
heat and Briony's childish hurts and fevered imagination, lead to a
dramatic false accusation that lands Robbie in jail. We meet all three
characters five years later in the thick of World War II, as foot soldier
Robbie prepares for the Dunkirk evacuation and the two estranged sisters
train as nurses in London.
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan.