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An Education (2009)

aka An Education

"Innocence of the Young."

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Details: 100 mins · English, French · PG-13 (USA)

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(Review written in 2010)

I was so excited when we got this at my favorite theater. I was really upset that I wasn’t going to be able to see it before the Oscars.

I really love movies set during this time period, especially in England. The whole…feel of this movie was absolutely perfect. The film treatment was gorgeous and really has this familiar, ‘60s feel to it.

I could pretty much watch this movie on mute and still enjoy it. It’s just so much fun to look at. It made me want to go to Europe and smoke foreign cigarettes, watch even more foreign films, read books written in different languages, and listen to gramophones. …and sleep with older men. But, y’know…

Carey Mulligan is a genius. Her acting is as subtle and gorgeous as she is. She brings so much innocence to this role, and a little bit of brattiness, and a lot of maturity. And class. By the barrel.

Peter Sarsgaard, on the other hand, made me feel like a creep the entire fucking time. And I wasn’t even doing any...(more)

(Review written in 2010)

I was so excited when we got this at my favorite theater. I was really upset that I wasn’t going to be able to see it before the Oscars.

I really love movies set during this time period, especially in England. The whole…feel of this movie was absolutely perfect. The film treatment was gorgeous and really has this familiar, ‘60s feel to it.

I could pretty much watch this movie on mute and still enjoy it. It’s just so much fun to look at. It made me want to go to Europe and smoke foreign cigarettes, watch even more foreign films, read books written in different languages, and listen to gramophones. …and sleep with older men. But, y’know…

Carey Mulligan is a genius. Her acting is as subtle and gorgeous as she is. She brings so much innocence to this role, and a little bit of brattiness, and a lot of maturity. And class. By the barrel.

Peter Sarsgaard, on the other hand, made me feel like a creep the entire fucking time. And I wasn’t even doing anything. Remind me, if I find a nice older man to buy me things, not to choose someone who gives me chills (in a very bad way…although he is magnetically attractive.) (less)

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"Innocence of the Young."

Plot:

In 1961 London, Jenny Mellor is a 16-year-old schoolgirl on track to get accepted to Oxford University when she meets a charming Jewish businessman, David Goldman, who pursues her romantically. He takes her to concerts, clubs, and fine restaurants, and easily charms her parents into approving of the relationship. Later, Jenny discovers that David is a con man who makes money through a variety of shady practices. She is initially shocked but silences her misgivings in the face of David's persuasive charm.


Soon, David takes Jenny to Paris as a birthday gift. Jenny's parents invite Graham, a boy Jenny knows from Youth Orchestra, to Jenny's birthday party, but David arrives and Graham goes home. When David proposes marriage, Jenny accepts and leaves school. She then discovers David is already married. When she reveals her discovery to David, he drops out of sight. Jenny despairs, feeling she has thrown her life away, but with the help of her favorite teacher, resumes her studies and is accepted at Oxford the following year.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2009-10-16 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-03-30