An Education
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Certificate: 12A | Released: 2009 | Duration: 1 hr 36 mins | Director: Lone Scherfig | Studio: Entertainment One | Genres: Drama - Audio Descriptive

A suburban London teen finds her traditional education replaced by something slightly more sinister when an older, more worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet while placing her future in jeopardy. London, 1961: 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is smart, attractive, and eager to start her adult life. She's grown tired of the familiar adolescent routine, so when urbane newcomer David (Peter Sarsgaard) appears in town, Jenny senses a rare opportunity to shake things up a bit. Quickly falling under David's spell, the impr ... (Full plot summary below)

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A suburban London teen finds her traditional education replaced by something slightly more sinister when an older, more worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet while placing her future in jeopardy. London, 1961: 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is smart, attractive, and eager to start her adult life. She's grown tired of the familiar adolescent routine, so when urbane newcomer David (Peter Sarsgaard) appears in town, Jenny senses a rare opportunity to shake things up a bit. Quickly falling under David's spell, the impressionable Jenny begins accompanying her newfound beau to classical concerts, art auctions, crowded pubs, and dinners that stretch into the small hours of the night. But Jenny is brighter than most kids her age, and her parents always dreamt of getting their exceptional daughter into Oxford. These days it seems like she's headed in a different direction -- will David ultimately be her undoing, or the person who helps her finally realize her true potential?

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

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Austin Chronicle - 8.9/10 by Marjorie Baumgarten A distinctive story with universal appeal.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 7.0/10 by David Edelstein For all its original touches, though, An Education follows a conventional trajectory.
Portland Oregonian - 10.0/10 by Shawn Levy It is, in its quiet, precise, classical way, nearly perfect.
Miami Herald - 8.8/10 by Rene Rodriguez The film wouldn't work at all, though, if Sarsgaard didn't strike the perfect balance between snaky predator and love-struck fool.
Salon.com - 10.0/10 by Andrew O'Hehir An Education captures the very limited possibilities for female liberation in early-'60s London -- with massive social change on the distant horizon, but not here yet -- in exquisite detail.
Boston Globe - 7.5/10 by Ty Burr Best of all, An Education isn't alarmist. It knows other people can't seduce us if we don't seduce ourselves first and that Jenny is level-headed enough to handle it and learn.
San Francisco Chronicle - 7.5/10 by Mick LaSalle Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live.
Variety - 8.0/10 by Todd McCarthy Carey Mulligan shines in a captivating performance.

Movie Trivia

  • Orlando Bloom was originally in line to play Danny but had to be replaced due to scheduling reasons.
  • The film is based on Lynn Barber's memoirs.

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An Education Awards

Academy Award Nominations: 3

  • 2009: Best Motion Picture of The Year - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
  • 2009: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Carey Mulligan
  • 2009: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Nick Hornby

BAFTA Award Wins: 1

  • 2009: Best Leading Actress - Carey Mulligan

BAFTA Award Nominations: 8

  • 2009: Best Costume Design
  • 2009: Best Director - Lone Scherfig, Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • 2009: Best Film - Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer
  • 2009: Best Leading Actress - Carey Mulligan
  • 2009: Best Make Up & Hair - Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou
  • 2009: Best Screenplay - Adapted - Nick Hornby
  • 2009: Best Supporting Actor - Alfred Molina
  • 2009: Outstanding British Film - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Lone Scherfig, Nick Hornby

Golden Globe Award Nominations: 1

  • 2009: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Carey Mulligan

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