An Education

I recently had the pleasure of watching An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig. It is a film based on Lynn Barber’s memoir of the same name.

The screenplay is written by the brilliant Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity) which makes the dialogue and interactions between the characters, witty and sharp.  This is a touching tale that centers around Jenny, a 16, but soon to be, 17-year-old,  British schoolgirl in suburban London in the early 1960s. It is a coming of age story and one of first heartbreak.  Jenny is an intelligent and ambitious student (and an only child),  with her eye on Oxford. Her parents are ardent supporters if not, at times pushy, especially her overly protective father, wonderfully played by Alfred Molena (Frida, Spiderman2).  Jenny attends an all-girls prep school, plays the cello and studies Latin while listening to French music. One rainy day, after a cello lesson,  she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard) a handsome  older man, and her world suddenly opens up to the possibility of living a romantic lifestyle filled with weekends in Paris, art and intellectual pursuits.  The colorful and vibrant world that David offers seems to good to be true  however,  though I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to see it.  Carey Mulligan, as Jenny,  is charming,  sophisticated and turns out a sensational performance, eerily  reminiscent  of Audrey Hepburn.

Now I have added Lynn Barber’s memoir to my ‘to read’ list for this summer and look forward to more details of this story.

This is a wonderful little gem that would be perfect to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon (with a friend or two).  It is well worth your time and popcorn. Here’s a clip.

This is the word for the last Sunday of the month. Enjoy.

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About mohawkgrl

I specifically write about books that have been made into movies, but I may also blog about something else entirely. Stay tuned.
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