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Universal Studios
$29.98 Suggested Retail Price

The astonishingly beautiful Keira Knightley stars in this story of pre-War England as Cecilia Tallis, as the daughter of a wealthy family who falls in love with the son of the housekeeper named Robbie Turner. Forced by class differences to keep their distance, they are nonetheless smitten with each other. But Cecilia's sister Briony is also attracted to Robbie, and after catching the pair in the throes of passion which she mistakes for abuse, her jealously drives her to tell lies about Robbie which ultimately drive him out of the household.

When war does come to England, Robbie enlists and is sent to France. Cecilia becomes a nurse in London, and Briony becomes overcome with remorse for her actions and tries her best to make up for her past sins, to no avail.

With splendid cinematography, this is the sort of epic that is rarely seen in modern movies. The characters are pure and passionate, played against a backdrop of British class distinction. Keira Knightly is captivating and plays Cecilia with grace and charm not seen since Grace Kelley ruled over Hollywood.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our May, 2008 issue.

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