Victoria Jelinek

An Education
April 9, 2010, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Published film reviews

Jenny is pretty, doing well at school, and set to land a place at Oxford. Then she meets David, an older man who dazzles her with the world beyond her ’60s suburban life, and soon a very different destiny opens up before her.

An Education is a movie that is gently engaging. Danish director Lone Scherfig never feels the need to hit the drama button for the sake of hammering home any moral points.

While this film has an easy charm that will leave you thinking that it was a “lovely” film, (though not necessarily cinematic as one could watch it on the telly or on DVD and be quite happy about it) its primary pull is through the strong performances, particularly the new starlet Carey Mulligan who plays “Jenny,” and who is deeply convincing as a young woman who is intellectually a step ahead of the rest, but experentially three steps behind. (Cert 12A)

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