A rich, sensitive, infatuated English schoolgirl wrongfully accuses the object of her affection, a lower-class young man in love with her sister, of a sex crime against another young girl one hot summer night in the country a few years before WWII -ï¿½ and it changes both their lives forever. Well written (Christopher Hampton adapted Ian McEwen's novel) with sharp dialogue, and well acted by Keira Knightley, James McEvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave, et al. Expansive, expensive production values, too. A veritable Coffee Table Film First Class, directed with tasteful flourishes by Joe (Pride & Prejudice) Wright (123 min.).
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Christopher Hampton and Ian McEwan
Producer: Paul Webster, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn