i was immediately taken with the film. the score. the cinematography. the acting. having read the book prior to hearing about the movie, i was already invested in the story. the rest was just icing, as far as i was concerned.
now- at the risk of sounding superficial - i am going to divulge a little secret. even more than the fabulous story & music & character portrayals, i was deeply and madly effected by:: the green dress. i thought it was just me. i thought i was quite possibly the only person on earth who actually lost track of the story line admiring Keira's magnificent green frock in one of the earlier scenes. i was enamored with the color. the details. the draping. the fit. ahhh...the glories of a talented costume director!
it wasn't until months later, while at another free screening for the movie Sweeny Todd, that i discovered there was a whole community of green dress lovers out there. i struck up some idle conversation with the fellow-movie-goers behind me, and at the first mention of Atonement, praises started to ring for THE GREEN DRESS! i felt like i had come home. lovingly surrounded by more of my own. people all over the theater started chiming in. it was a revolution. a flash mob of dress lovers! i went home and even discovered a facebook group dedicated to la green! i was bemused by this united front of fashion addicts!
my vote that year for best supporting actress in a feature film went to the green dress---but she didn't win, sadly enough. however, she continues to remain one of my favorite pieces of theatrical costume.
and so: as this weekend comes to a close--- i am sharing with all of you, MS. GREEN & asking::
can a dress change your life?