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An Education Movie Review: A Schoolgirl's Memoir
Written by Spling   
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 10:14

An Education is the story of Jenny, a precocious teenage girl living in suburban London in the 1960s. This coming-of-age drama deals with her transition from school girl to refined woman, as a well-to-do suitor nearly twice her age sweeps her off her feet. The education she receives is one on morality, ethics and coping in the big bad world. While the premise does open itself to teen exploitation in the same league of The Babysitters, it's mild in comparison with Lolita and is as prim and proper as an aristocrat's tea party.

Carey Mulligan is Jenny, and steals the show with her terrific debut performance as the young, not-so-innocent 16-year-old. Her dark brooding performance is composed from teenage angst and a side order of ice-cream parlor decadence as she aspires to be wiser in the ways of the world and more French of course. French music, Parisian holidays... are all a distant dream, until David (Sarsgaard) arrives on scene.

Jenny's father (Molina) couldn't be more pleased that his daughter is dating a man twice her age. David's charms are no match for her parent's practical sensibilities, and it's a matter of hook, line, sinker... rod and fisherman. The young gentleman knows his wines, is accommodating on curfews and generous with invitations. However, all is not as it seems on the surface of things as Jenny discovers another side to the gentleman's...continued.

 

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