Not as good as I remembered when I first saw it. In a post-Weinstein world, the age gap is somewhat disturbing. Thankfully, Carey Mulligan's performance is subtle and complex enough to rescue the film from falling into the cliché of the young female student falling for an older male. Great secondary roles as well.
This is a really hard one to rate - I found it at times excruciating because of the subject matter, and it feels just a little too sympathetic towards what is a predatory relationship. Being based on a memoir, I understand that it is focused on Jenny's experience and her longings to escape the monotony that seems prescribed for her by her background - but it still leaves me feeling pretty icky.
Mulligan is great in this predictable yet enjoyable caper-as-romance film. Evocative depictions of teenage schooldays in SW London, I found myself eagle-eyed in looking for known locations around Twickenham and Hampton where I was 12 years younger than Barber, on whose experiences it is based. Certainly captures an era - but the gauche'flakiness' of some of the characters disguises the writer's ambivalent memories
Oh bloody hell, what a diamond movie. Quite apart from Carey Mulligan being my all time heroine (dark hair, dark eyes; two weak spots) this is a gorgeous, mature, intelligent movie with a faultless cast. Molina gives painfully true support as the father who just can't get things right (spot a theme, gentlemen?); Mulligan's 16-going-on-22 is pitched just right & then Duffy makes you watch the credits right to the end.
A stiff but tasteful tale based on true events (apparently). Although the formula felt familiar, the film was well paced and told from an interesting and believable character, played by Mulligan - who I thought was fantastic. The ending wasn't satisfying, but it unfolded quickly enough towards the end. I also found myself admiring the era-throwbacks - the English middle class housing and schools....
Nick Hornby's script eludes wit and wisdom, and allows the supreme acting to shine through. Carey Mulligan is the perfect protagonist - lofty and yet relatable. A great British film rooted in themes of love, deception, education, and above all what it means to grow up.
Based on Lynn Barber’s memoir, and written for the screen by Nick Hornby, An Education oozes quality from beginning to end. Lone Scherfig directs in a pretty straightforward manner that highlights the big plus points for the movie; namely, the dialogue and the performances. Deserving of a lot of the praise it received when released, although maybe not all of it.
Excellent movie, that conveys wonderfully the period, the mores and the place. Bases on Lyn Barber's autobiography, the parents of Jennie, an academically precocious but naive 16 year old, let their ambitions for their daughter blind them to the realities of her relationship with a much older conman. They collude with and encourage her involvement. Brilliant casting, especially the 2 leads and the father.