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An Education

~Sundance Film Festival Winner~

Based on a memoir by journalist Lynn Barber, and adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, this is the story of bright young thing Jenny (Carey Mulligan), who, at 16, falls for David (Peter Sarsgaard), a much older smoothie. It is 1961, and Jenny has spent her entire life being groomed up by her parents for Oxford – ‘After I’ve been to university I’m going to be French’, she declares. It seems nothing can halt her progressing to the point where she can ‘talk to people who know lots and lots’. So when the witty, languidly suave David enters her life talking, of course, about lots and lots – think Ravel, jazz, Paris! – she is soon caught up in the sweet-sounding, near-sighted throes of romance. And it’s not just Jenny who falls for David: her concerned mum and dad are nonetheless seduced by the idea that maybe a relationship with David is a quick pass to higher society. Although we are talking age-old themes here – first love, dodgy suitors, questions of class – the material is spectacularly well handled. Hornby’s script mixes comedy with more emotionally heavyweight issues and director Lone Scherfig has the lightest of hands on the tiller. The look of the film evokes the period and her camerawork has a playful aspect but never gets in the way of the story. Carey Mulligan is terrific here, one of the most promising a young British actresses for many a long year. Coming of age has rarely felt so real. – Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

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Directed by: 
Lone Scherfig
Running Time: 
Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike
Screenplay by: 
Lynn Barber (Memoir), Nick Hornby (Screenplay)

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