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Directors have many ways of capturing and holding our attention—violence being only the most visceral. Another way, the one chosen by McEwan and Wright, is to bring us gently into the ambience of other people's lives, where we gradually learn to feel safely at home in some other time and place, and ultimately gain compassion for the ups and downs of life there. Few films have done this so well as Atonement. And we can get into and through it with many tears, but no blood or sweat.
Frank Pittman, M.D., is a contributing editor to the Psychotherapy Networker and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact: Fsp3md@aol.com. Letters to the Editor about this department can be e-mailed to Letters@psychnetworker.org.