An EducationDirector: Lone Scherfig
A suburban London teen finds her traditional education replaced by something slightly more sinister when an older, more worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet while placing her future in jeopardy. London, 1961: 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is smart, attractive, and eager to start her adult life. She's grown tired of the familiar adolescent routine, so when urbane newcomer David (Peter Sarsgaard) appears in town, Jenny senses a rare opportunity to shake things up a bit. Quickly falling under David's spell, the impressionable Jenny begins accompanying her newfound beau to classical concerts, art auctions, crowded pubs, and dinners that stretch into the small hours of the night. But Jenny is brighter than most kids her age, and her parents always dreamt of getting their exceptional daughter into Oxford. These days it seems like she's headed in a different direction -- will David ultimately be her undoing, or the person who helps her finally realize her true potential?
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- Sony Pictures
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Cast & Crew
|Olivia Williams||Miss Stubbs|
|William Melling||Small Boy|
|Connor Catchpole||Small Boy|
|Kate Duchene||Latin Teacher|
|Bel Parker||Small Girl|
|Olenka Wrzesniewski||Shakespeare Girl|
|Bryony Wadsworth||Shakespeare Girl|
|Ashley Taylor-Rhys||Petrol Attendant|
|Beth Rowley||Nightclub Singer|
|Ben Castle||Nightclub Band Member|
|Mark Edwards||Nightclub Band Member|
|Tom Rees-Roberts||Nightclub Band Member|
|Arnie Somogyi||Nightclub Band Member|
|Paul Wilkinson||Nightclub Band Member|
|Phil Wilkinson||Nightclub Band Member|
|Odile Dicks-Mireaux||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Paul Englishby||Score Composer|
|Glenn Freemantle||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Joe Geary||Asst. Director|
|Lizzie Yianni Georgiou||Makeup|
|Douglas E. Hansen||Executive Producer|
|Nick Hornby||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Wendy Japhet||Executive Producer|
|Jamie Laurenson||Executive Producer|
|Andrew McAlpine||Production Designer|
|Kle Savidge||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|James D. Stern||Executive Producer|
|David M. Thompson||Executive Producer|
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At the start, this movie acts like a charming ticket back to the nineteen sixties, a gentler, less inhibited time. But that's a ruse. This sharply packaged ball of eduction and sex, teaches viewers just how vital real education is for women. The entire cast sparkles like a well heeled Chanel. Lucky viewers. And newcomer Carey Mulligaan who garnered a well deserver Oscar nod, especially turns in a tour de force performance, few veterans could match. The cinematography has a starring role making London and it's outskirts beg for a trip across the pond. If you too want to be educated with a gem, by all means pick up "An Education". Smartly done---I promise you.
I see why this movie won the 2009 Sundance Festival Audience Award and 3 Best Picture Academy Award Nominations. "An Education" is probably one of the best films I have seen. It excels in the performances given by the cast. Carey Mulligan brings so much youthful freshness to her role as Jenny, a young girl faced with choosing love over a very promising future by gaining entrance to Oxford University. Peter Sarsgaard plays her beau David who has many multi-layers in character. They are both so superb. Al Molina (Jenny's father) and Emma Thompson (headmistress in Jenny's School) are such a treat. The musical score adds so much to this film set in the 1960's in Britain. I wholeheartedly recommend this film. It's got such a depth in plot and has quite a twist ending. This film is a real conversation piece. A film to watch over and over again - it just keeps unfolding more and more secrets as you view it. Truly "An Education".
Just watched this movie last night and it's very good, I can see why it was nominated. Critics would adore the cinematography of the movie as well as the incredible performances, especially of newcomer, Carey Mulligan as Jenny. As an ordinary person, it provided ample entertainment. The plot was good, characters well portrayed, scenery delightful enough. I was somewhat disappointed that there was no closer to the relationship though, except what was shown. It serves as a coming of age story. I'd recommend renting, not buying.
This was one of the most inspiring movies I've watched in a long time. It's definitely got a strong feminist message, but not in a preachy, in your face, sort of way. Carey Mulligan's performance was outstanding. I can't believe she is so young. Peter Sarsgaard also gave a great performance as the older man she "falls in love with." Something about him just makes you so uncomfortable, which makes sense given his character. I really wish I had watched this movie when I was a nerdy teenager and thinking about how guys were so important. Good script, good acting, overall great movie.
I totally loved this movie! Carey Mulligan is the cutest up and coming actress of her generation. She was wonderful in Pride and Predjudice and Bleak House but her performance in this film is her breakthrough. Her character learns some of life's lessons the hard way and hopefully has some influence on our current high school girls.