>An Education (2009)

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education Director: Lone Scherfig

Screenplay: Nick Hornby based on an autobiographical essay by Lynn Barber.

Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Matthew Beard, Sally Hawkins

Synopsis: Jenny (Carey Mulligan) a very bright girl on the cusp of her 17th birthday, finds herself in a whirlwind romance with the much older David ( Peter Sarsgaard). Prior to meeting him, Jenny was working hard at secondary school to ensure getting to Oxford University. When she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined could be hers, she’s hooked and thoughts of Oxford are forgotten. Then, when things are looking pretty good for Jenny with the dashing (yet a little too smooth) David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl and a sophisticated young lady, all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all. ‘An Education’ won the Audience Choice award and the Cinematography award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Comments: Begoña and I went to see this film last Saturday March 10. It was released in Spain last February 26 and I was not aware that it was directed by Lone Scherfig of which I have enjoyed two previous films: Italian for Beginners and Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself. Although the film doesn’t tell much besides what it is mentioned in the synopsis, it has the ability to hook you from the very beginning due to well developed characters and great performances, particularly Carey Mulligan and Alfred Molina. I did enjoy it.

My rating: 6/10

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