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Drama - Family

An Education (2009)

Duration1h 40mRating (UK)12A
Source of storyA memoir by journalist Lynn Barber – still available complete on the Guardian website.
DirectorLone Scherfig
Writers/ScriptNick Hornby
StarringCarey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins,

Elevator Pitch: A sixteen year old schoolgirl, Jenny, is rescued from a downpour by an older man in an exotic car. Thereafter, over time, the man charms the girl’s parents and makes her part of his coterie, and thereafter, with his business partner and girlfriend, the pair visit expensive restaurants, drink in nightclubs and travel in Europe. Eventually he proposes marriage, and to Jenny’s distress her parents appear to be agreeable, but things are not quite as they seem.

Content: It may be important to say at this point that even though it is implied that David and Jenny have sex when she is seventeen, this is not paedophilia in UK. Mostly they are seen in restaurants, and particularly Danny’s flat which is full of good stuff. They buy a Burn-Jones painting for 200 guineas, but it is supposed to be the early 1960s. They drive about in David’s Bristol, and Jenny’s parents are variously involved. At the girl’s school Jenny is frequently hauled up in front of the headmistress.

A View: This movie was nominated for three Oscars, and won many prizes. The critics loved it, but as we might expect, the general public not quite so much. Carey Mulligan particularly well thought of as the sixteen year old, although she was actually 24. I have read the memoir and the script follows it surprisingly closely. It is sufficiently dramatic possibly. It would not be for everybody, particularly if you favour gunfire and explosions, but it is well done and the period effectively presented. So worth the cost of a download.

Additional Info: In my quest for cars starring in films, the Bristol 405 was later to appear in “A Crooked House”. In addition there were a couple of TR3s and one Austin Healey 3000. More prosaically there was an Austin A35 and an Austin A40 (why would people restore this rubbish?), a single Mini, a Morris Oxford and a Morris Minor Estate.

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