Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Education (2009)

Director: Lone Scherfig. Cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike. 95 min. PG-13. UK. Drama.

An Education is one of those obscure jewels that makes you wonder how many other unknown masterpieces are out there you've never heard of. In a powerful performance, Mulligan plays a 16-year old girl in London's 60s, confronted with the question: Why do we really go after an education? Just because my Daddy told me so? Just because our parents were ... afraid? Playing like a more dramatic version of Woody Allen's recent Whatever Works, An Education is guaranteed to stir discussions among you and whoever you watch it with. Oscar possibilities here for Mulligan.

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