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Film Festival Review: An Education

Film Festival Review: An Education 


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dbevan

Rickybee - that was half my frustration with this movie that there should have been a little more time with Jenny debating whether to continue her relationship with the Mr Sleaze or go back to her humdrum life - it was resolved too quickly and as a result was a bit of a detriment to her character. That said, there is a lot to be said about trying to view the film through the eyes of the era rather than bringing 21st century attitudes into it.

Thu July 16, 2009 3:34PM


I actually liked this a lot more than I probably should. As you hint at dbev - I think it just about manages to transcend its danger of being a trumped-up TV drama. Top marks to Carey Mulligan because, without her very attractive but very unshowy performance, this would probably have met that fate. As it is there are some decent laughs and genuine emotion. The only thing is I quite fancied the 16-year-old protagonist which is a bit wrong and all that. But then so did her 30-something suitor and no one seemed to find that too wrong. Though it was 1962 and that was kind of okay then, not so good now. But she is actually in her 20s. So I'm probably on safe ground. Probably the weakest thing about the film was the slight inconsistency in Mr 30-something's character (genuinely suave and charming one moment, sexually retarded and hymen-threatening with a banana the next). And also the brushing over of his highly objectionable work practices by the intelligent Jenny - too simply treated.

Wed July 15, 2009 8:55PM


dbevan

A coming of age film as 16-year old Jenny(an outstanding turn by relative newcomer Carey Mulligan) who begins a questionable romance with a man twice her age as she yearns to shake free the shackles of a dull English life in the 1960s swinging London. It's about experience of life over reading it in books and burying your head in study. Written by Nick Hornby and based on Brit journo Lynn Barber's memoir An Education doesn't shine as much as it could - it's patently clear the man she starts seeing is a bit of a sleaze - but Jenny is so in awe at being part of the world she dreams of, she doesn't care. The recreation of 60s London is exhiliarating - and Carey Mulligan is superb as the teenager who's older than her years - she's been much lauded for this role and it's easy to see why as she lifts the slightly average TV movie out of the predictable mire.

Mon July 13, 2009 12:41PM



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