An Education (2009)


If people die the moment that they graduate, then surely it’s the things we do beforehand that count.

Lone Scherfig directs this film starring Carey Mulligan  in the ‘coming of age film’ about the bright and beautiful girl who has aspirations to read English  at Oxford. However, when the charming older man David (Peter Sarsgard) seduces the schoolgirl, her life changes forever.

Based on the book by journalist Lynn Barber, the film has an all star cast with the likes of Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson in  the supporting roles. The cinematography was good and captured the opposition between the old fashioned, conservative and conventional world of Jenny’s and the jazzy, modern world of the swinging 60s  that David introduced her to.

It is an excellent film on two levels:Jenny’s metaphorical education in the wider sense of learning lessons in life and her education in the literal sense. My main criticism was the fact the last ten minutes or so seemed rushed which ruined the film a bit . Otherwise excellent.

One of the boys I dated, and they were boys, suggested that we go to Paris and I said I’d always wanted to see Paris. As if I’d never been!

My rating: 4.5/ 5

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