UK 2009, 95 minutes, drama
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
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