I broke my 10-year stint of not going to the movies with this film. I am glad I did. The movie was beautiful, and it really affected me--I've been thinking about it for days. It's obvious from the title that it is about atonement, but it is also a romance. There is also much more to it than that, but I don't want to say what; it would give away the whole secret of the movie. I think this movie is a definite must-see.