When we set out on a trip to Seven Sisters on the east coast of the UK, I didn't make any research what this place was famous for. It was enough to see beautiful pictures of white chalk cliffs meeting the blue sea waves. In reality it turned out to be even more beautiful and breathtaking. You simply step into this beauty, take a breath and just be there, no matter how unreal it might seem.
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However, after spending some time in this unrealistic natural beauty, I got used to it, but then interesting thing happened. We approached one view point that was almost the same as previous ones, although, I had this feeling of dajavu. I was sure I'd seen it before. Moreover, I'd been to this place before! It was a very familiar landscape, atmosphere and overall feeling. I started to search through my memory and I found it.
"Atonement" by Joe Wright, 2007, the final scene. It must have been this very place, this very filming location! I saw this film just a couple of times and quite a very long time ago. I wished I could check this information right away but the Internet connection was very poor.
And the longer I was in the dark, the whiter seemed the cliffs and the brighter became the faded memories and flashbacks from the film.
I remembered that I liked "Atonement" from the very first time even though I was quite amateurish about filmmaking more than 10 years ago but this picture already seemed to me very solid and melodic. I enjoyed the trick the director played with me in the second part of the film, great cast (I became a big fan of James McAvoy), atmospheric music by Dario Marianelli, artisctic cinematography by Seamus McGarvey, impecable production design by Sarah Greenwood and Keira Knightley's green dress designed by talented Jacqueline Durran that immediately became iconic…
But maybe they filmed it at other cliffs? There were other places that seemed liked this. Or maybe it was even CGI? And this paradise place for main characters didn't exist in reality and my mind was just playing tricks with me, creating an illusion?