A True Sort of Education, with an Aside to Formal Education
Apr 1, 2010
AN EDUCATION gleams as little film so polished in every aspect that it is quite memorable. Based on a memoir by Lynn Barber and adapted very smartly for the screen by the talented Nick Hornby, AN EDUCATION, like every aspect of the film, is an understated bit of life. It is basically a 1960s London coming of age story of a 16 year old bright young student Jenny (Carey Mulligan, a true find) who life is focused on passing exams to gain entrance into Oxford to read English. Her father Jack (Alfred Molina in one of his very finest roles to date) is her demanding father who refuses to let Jenny stray form his dream of her achieving an Oxford education: Jenny's passive mother Marjorie (Cara Seymour) seems browbeaten into believing Jack's goals. But enter the handsome if enigmatic David (Peter Sarsgaard) who sweeps Jenny off her feet despite the age difference and Jenny's plans for Oxford seem to be changing to a life of music and art and travel and fun: David's accomplice friends (Danny - Dominic Cooper and Helen - Rosamund Pike) help seduce the bright Jenny away from academia - until Jenny learns of the methods in which David and Danny make their living as petty thieves. Always in the background are Jenny's teachers Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson who prove to be better 'educated' than the rest of the crew! The story may not be new or unique but the delivery by this enormously talented cast makes it a film not likely to be forgotten. Grady Harp, April 10
I must start with a brief warning. This is ridiculously long. It is also rather vague at points in an effort to avoid spoiling too much, which is not particularly possible in any case. On the other hand, if you think that the experience of watching this movie could be ruined even if I told you everything that happens, then you should under no circumstances bother with it anyway... and there's no point in reading the review. - An Education finds us in 1960's London, when men were men and … more
The year is 1962, and sixteen-year old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a cello-playing student who hopes to attend Oxford. A chance meeting with a charming man twice her age quickly develops into a romance, opening up an exciting, glamorous world to the young girl. This is a coming-of-age story with a wonderful script and a stellar cast. Young Carey Mulligan is pretty, funny, sensitive, and gutsy and has loads of charisma. She didn't look quite young enough but was still delightful. … more
An intelligent and ambitious young student meets a charming older man, who sweeps her off her feet with his lavish lifestyle, and very quickly threatens to jeopardize her dreams of studying at Oxford. Carey Mulligan gives an admirably nuanced performance as the precocious 16-year-old Jenny, whose desire to escape her middle-class upbringing makes her ripe for seduction by the apparently world wise and street smart David, played intelligently by Peter Sarsgaard, who manages … more
The Oscars just wouldn't feel right if there wasn't at least one obnoxious period-piece British romance to pander to the tastes of the more "sophisticated" members of the Academy. Surprisingly, even with the number of Best Picture nominees bloated to an inexcusable Ten this year, there's only one real qualifier among the chosen. Even more unusual, it takes place in a different decade instead of a different century. For the Academy's consideration: An Education. … more
Carey Mulligan who plays Jenny in this 1960s period piece is amazing. But her performance is nearly wasted in what amounts to a boring film that literally undoes itself with 6 words with just a few minutes to go. Watch for her only.
Life is hard when you're sixteen and smarter than most of the people around you, especially when those people include your parents. You end up restless and bored much of the time and that, in combination with hormones, can cause you to sometimes do some very, very stupid things. That's the situation Jenny (Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan, best known to me from her role as Sally Sparrow), is in in An Education, the Oscar-nominated movie from director Lone Scherfig and writer … more
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An Education is a 2009 British coming-of-age drama film based on an autobiographical memoir of the same title written by the British journalist Lynn Barber. The film was directed by Lone Scherfig, with screenplay written by Nick Hornby, and features an ensemble cast including Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams and Carey Mulligan in the lead role.
An Education premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, gaining critical acclaim. It screened on 10 September 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was featured at the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 19 September 2009. The film was shown on 9 October 2009, at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It went into theatrical release in the U.S. on October 16 and in the UK on October 30. On 2 February 2010 it was announced that the film had received three Academy Award Nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Plot In England in 1961, following a youth orchestra rehearsal, Jenny Mellor, a schoolgirl, is given a lift home by a charming older man, David Goldman. The two strike up a relationship, which includes David's business partner Danny, and Danny's vapid mistress, Helen. David manages to charm Jenny's protective parents into allowing him to take her to concerts, jazz clubs, and even to Paris.
Jenny finds out that David makes money by moving black families into flats near elderly women ...