An Education

An Education

An Education

Novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) turns to screenplays with this drama which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2009. Directed by Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself).

Set in early '60s London, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a 16-year-old full of promise and intent to study at Oxford. But a relationship with 30-year-old David (Peter Sarsgaard) sends her life off the rails. David introduces Jenny to a glittering new world of classical concerts and late-night suppers with his attractive friend and business partner, Danny (Dominic Cooper), and Danny's girlfriend, the beautiful but vacuous Helen (Rosamund Pike). Just as Jenny's family's long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford seems within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life.

Read our exclusive interview with actor Alfred Molina.

BAFTA winner for Best Actress (Carey Mulligan), 2010. Audience Award and Cinematography Award (World Cinema Dramatic), Sundance Film Festival 2009.
2009Rating: M, suitable for mature audiences95 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

Sweet and enjoyable

Alfred Molina is a stand out

3.0
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Review

Beautifully shot, lots of laughs, stunning locations (60s Paris is terribly romantic), and fun characters (Jenny's father is a hoot). My girlfriend and I loved it! A hit with the girls and plenty for the boys too.

4.0
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Probably a 2.5 in reality..

Somewhat cliched and predictable. Soft, but enjoyable.

2.0
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L'espoir fleurit au ciel de Paris

(3.5 stars) Scripted by the reputably witty novelist Nick Hornby, who’s dialogue- a tight and jocular zeitgeist of British sixties repartee- seems to relevantly hark back to the timeless romance classics of an era gone by; and the cadence of which gives the scenes a life and energy that sets the film apart from others of its kind. Based on the brief memoir...

3.0
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I feel educated

Really enjoyed this movie. Its the kind of movie you (as a bloke) can take your mum to and both leave the cinema happy. Funny, entertaining, educational.

4.0
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Very good movie

A very nice movie that managed to avoid cliche and is led by a wonderful performance by Carey Mulligan as Jenny, the 16 going on 17 year old girl becoming a woman and learning all about the pitfalls of an adult life. The only negative, maybe there wasn't enough closure with some of the major characters in the final quarter of the movie, people just fading...

4.0
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Beautiful to watch

I really liked the film - I was expecting it to be heart wrenching and instead it was humerous and Carey Mulligan was so well cast for the role.

4.0
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A really lovely film

Thoroughly enjoyed this film - a great mix of wonderful fashion, style, humour, and a lovely storyline. Carey Mulligan was delightful to watch!

5.0
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An Education- in excellent film making

What a wonderful film! It managed to cover all sorts of clichés with sincerity, laughter and care, skilfully avoiding ever becoming clichéd. Excellent performances by all, with Carey Mulligan (as ingénue Jenny) a true delight to watch. Thanks so much for the tickets Flicks.

5.0
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Love it Love it Love it

The movie was just amazing. I loved everything about it, the 60's, the music, the actors, was really good! Thanks heaps Flicks for the Preview!!!!!!

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A celebration of intellectual curiosity and personal adventure through a portrait of 16-year-old English girl’s questionable romance with a man twice her age, “An Education” is a wonderful film.

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Salon

Salon

press

You could say that there's nothing surprising in the oft-told tale of the seducer and the schoolgirl -- hanging out with David is indeed fun, until the dynamic between them begins to shift subtly -- but this one's told superbly, with heart, humor, a marvelous supporting cast and a dazzling recreation of a long-lost, pre-Mod London.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A decent but unremarkable film with a big, unforgettable central performance. Carey Mulligan passes with First-Class Honours.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A celebration of intellectual curiosity and personal adventure through a portrait of 16-year-old English girl’s questionable romance with a man twice her age, “An Education” is a wonderful film.

0
Salon

Salon

press

You could say that there's nothing surprising in the oft-told tale of the seducer and the schoolgirl -- hanging out with David is indeed fun, until the dynamic between them begins to shift subtly -- but this one's told superbly, with heart, humor, a marvelous supporting cast and a dazzling recreation of a long-lost, pre-Mod London.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A decent but unremarkable film with a big, unforgettable central performance. Carey Mulligan passes with First-Class Honours.

3.0
0

Sweet and enjoyable

Alfred Molina is a stand out

3.0
0

Review

Beautifully shot, lots of laughs, stunning locations (60s Paris is terribly romantic), and fun characters (Jenny's father is a hoot). My girlfriend and I loved it! A hit with the girls and plenty for the boys too.

4.0
0

Probably a 2.5 in reality..

Somewhat cliched and predictable. Soft, but enjoyable.

2.0
0

L'espoir fleurit au ciel de Paris

(3.5 stars) Scripted by the reputably witty novelist Nick Hornby, who’s dialogue- a tight and jocular zeitgeist of British sixties repartee- seems to relevantly hark back to the timeless romance classics of an era gone by; and the cadence of which gives the scenes a life and energy that sets the film apart from others of its kind. Based on the brief...

3.0
0

I feel educated

Really enjoyed this movie. Its the kind of movie you (as a bloke) can take your mum to and both leave the cinema happy. Funny, entertaining, educational.

4.0
0

Very good movie

A very nice movie that managed to avoid cliche and is led by a wonderful performance by Carey Mulligan as Jenny, the 16 going on 17 year old girl becoming a woman and learning all about the pitfalls of an adult life. The only negative, maybe there wasn't enough closure with some of the major characters in the final quarter of the movie, people just...

4.0
0

Beautiful to watch

I really liked the film - I was expecting it to be heart wrenching and instead it was humerous and Carey Mulligan was so well cast for the role.

4.0
0

A really lovely film

Thoroughly enjoyed this film - a great mix of wonderful fashion, style, humour, and a lovely storyline. Carey Mulligan was delightful to watch!

5.0
0

An Education- in excellent film making

What a wonderful film! It managed to cover all sorts of clichés with sincerity, laughter and care, skilfully avoiding ever becoming clichéd. Excellent performances by all, with Carey Mulligan (as ingénue Jenny) a true delight to watch. Thanks so much for the tickets Flicks.

5.0
0

Love it Love it Love it

The movie was just amazing. I loved everything about it, the 60's, the music, the actors, was really good! Thanks heaps Flicks for the Preview!!!!!!

5.0
0