Year of release: 2009
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writers: Nick Hornby (screenplay), Lynn Barber (memoir)
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, etc.
Practical education at the school of life versus formal education, or how a 60s girl learns about the importance of schooling, after “graduating” into adulthood… sort of. But she does grow up and learn. Carey Mulligan is sweet, likable and credible in this role. The story is simple and predictable, yet powerful, evergreen, impeccably translated into film. Probably, the loveliest thing about this movie is its genuine feeling of quietness and simplicity that reflects the essence of these often embellished romantic accounts. Underneath drama and exaggerations, the facts are always quiet and simple. Somehow, this movie manages to maintain that grounding feeling, while the heroine heads toward self-empowerment, keeping her femininity and grace, smiling her joys, opening her heart, crying her disappointments, and learning her lessons. Romance plus clear(-ing) head – highly enjoyable movie.
It has remarkable delicacy and flow. And, if you like this genre, you’ll feel entertained and satisfied by the end of the movie.
It doesn’t even try to step across the boundaries of its genre.
Would I see it again? – Someday
My Rating (1 to 10): 8.5
I would recommend “An Education” to any young girl, despite having slightly (just slightly) different views than those presented in this movie. It’s a good perspective on maturation, and can plant some healthy ideas into fertile minds.