An Education

Somehow in the last 3 months I’ve managed to see 5 of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture and IMO, this movie was really something special

Plot Summary: The film takes place in 1960’s London (or specifically the suburb of Twickenham).  Sixteen year old Jenny lives with her parents. On her father’s wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants a better life for her than he had.  Jenny Moller is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted.  Her life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age; who goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper. He solely wants to expose her to cultural activities, which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and their relationship becomes a romantic one.  Jenny, however, slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and how specifically they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher education at Oxford.

My take on it:

And the award for Best Picture goes to (drum roll please!) . . . . . ‘An Education.’

Based on Lynn Barber’s memoir ‘An Education*,’ the twenty four year old Carey Mulligan absolutely jumps off the page as sixteen year old Jenny Mellor, who despite her bright future, can’t help wondering if all her efforts aren’t for nothing in the end.  Daughters beware, this film may well prove that your parents Continue reading