Saturday, May 8, 2010

An Education

On a grey day there is nothing better than watching a movie while eating chocolate biscuits and drinking tea, especially when that movie is not only enthralling but also visually stunning. While walking the aisles of local dvd store I came across one of those movies I kept saying “I must go see” but sadly never got to. So with treats in hand I went home to snuggle up in front of the TV and get lost in some fantasy. The main characters transformation from school girl to ingénue is divine. She captures the yearning most young women go through, as well as great pose as she learns some of the harder life lessons.

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. Everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford. The only problems perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her being perused by a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Yet everything in Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), a man over twice her age whom she meets while walking home in the ran one afternoon.

David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely 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 Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how 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 eduction at Oxford

I won’t tell you what she decides you’ll just have to watch the movie yourself. However, if you like classic 1960’s fashion, cool cars and a story of coming of age then you’ll love this. You may even feel a little empowered by the end of it. It just goes to show there are still new coming of age stories out there.

So stop reading and go get An education.


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