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Friday, December 4, 2009

AN EDUCATION

By D.E.Levine

Director: Lone Scherfig
Writers: Nick Hornby (screenplay) and Lynn Barber (memoir)
Producers: Finola Dwyer and Armanda Posey
Executive Producers: Douglas Hansen, Nick Hornby, Wendy Japhet, Jamie Laurenson, James D. Stern and David M. Thompson
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Matthew Beard, Sally Hawkins et al.
Original Music: Paul Englishby
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Autobiographical

Set in 1961, An Education centers around Jenny, a top English student who loves everything French. A schoolgirl who lives with her rather stuffy parents, Jenny meets and becomes involved with 35-year old David, a Jewish well-to-do man twice her age who drives into her life in a beautiful maroon Bristol.

A graduate of the "University of Life", David suavely wins Jenny's parents over with a false Oxbridge pedigree and convinces them to let David take the young Jenny away overnight by offering to introduce her to his old professor and personal friend C.S.Lewis.

What David really does is introduce Jenny to his glamorous partner and best friend Danny and Danny's girlfriend Helen The foursome then proceed to visit smart nightclubs, art auctions and classical music concerts.

Jenny's out of her league but neither she nor her parents recognize David for a con artist. Jenny is anxious for adulthood and the sophisticated lifestyle David offers, especially after he takes her to Paris for her 17th birthday. She's so eager that she leaves school and her dreams of Oxford because she sees in David a shortcut to what she envisioned the Oxford degree would allow her to obtain.

Her life is an education as Jenny finds out the truth about self-identity, glamor and how adults really think and live. An Education is a celebration of intellectual curiosity and personal adventure as seen through the eyes of an intelligent 16-year old. But Jenny's naivitie and blindness to what is really going on in the relationship falls heavily upon her.

However, as she reflects on the truth about her time with David, the good that comes out of the experience, the knowledge and maturity she obtains, far outweighs the bad.