Monday, January 11, 2010

An Education

I finally went to see An Education yesterday - a film I've been wanting to see for months - and I'm so glad I did. I won't be surprised if it turns out to be one of the best films of the year.

Based on a coming-of-age memoir set in 1961 London, it tells the story of 16 year-old Jenny, a bright girl headed to Oxford, who falls for a charming older man. He brings romance, sophistication, and fun into her dull life, causing her to question the value of academics.

This naturally leads to disillusion and a broken heart, but the story of this journey is superbly told, with wonderful period details, great music, and an incredibly good young actress. Jenny is played by Carey Mulligan, a name I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more of.

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