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Spring 2010
May 3

An Education"An Education

UK 2009, 95 minutes, drama
Director: Lone Scherfig
Script by Lynn Barber & British author Nick Hornby

A coming-of-age story about teenage Jenny (Carey Mulligan) in 1960s suburban London. Her parents are determined their daughter will have an Oxford education and a better life than they had, but Jenny’s life changes with the arrival of David (Peter Sarsgaard), a playboy nearly twice her age. Envisioning the lifestyle David can provide, Jenny goes from being a bright, diligent student to questioning her own values and parental pressure for Oxford academia. Emma Thompson stars as the school’s starchy headmistress and Alfred Molina, as Jenny’s father, brilliantly portrays what a greedy parent will do to relieve financial pressures.

“Mulligan exudes a sparkler-like intellectual charm that never quite manages to hide the confused teenager within.” (Chris Barsanti – New York Film Critics On-line)

Won the Audience Choice award and Cinematography award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


»  Official website with trailer.
»  Lessons in charm, and complex emotional equations. Review by LIam Lacey, The Globe and Mail.
»  Exclusive Interview: Director Lone Scherfig, “An Education” from Hulu.com.
»  An Education Director Lone Scherfig on Adapting Nick Hornby and Casting Carey Mulligan, from New York Magazine.


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