One of the things that I love is finding a movie on Netflix that I unexpectedly love. “An Education” was such a pleasant surprise. It is set in the early 1960’s in England and is something of a coming of age film. It was thoroughly enjoyable.
The look of the film, the clothes, the music, and most importantly the hair all made this picture stick in my mind and had me watching it a second and third time. Alfred Molina does a superb job of playing Jenny’s father.
Just look at those coats and hats. Carey Mulligan, on the right in this photo plays the lead part of Jenny so perfectly. And just as perfect in her role is Rosamund Pike the beautiful but a bit ditzy blonde in the white hat. (Both of these actresses played the sisters Jane and Kitty in the Pride and Prejudice version with Kiera Knightly just a few short years ago.)
The scenes in the bar were hip, the music jazzy the liquor was hard, and everyone smoked.
Peter Sarsgaard, the only American Actor in the film, plays the part of David perfectly. Mysterious, sexy, and a bit creepy in an immature kind of way all rolled into one.
Carey Mulligan plays the 16 year old Jenny so perfectly. She might remind you of Audrey Hepburn, at least she did me…the clothes and hair might be half the reason why. You can so easily believe why this older man takes such an interest in her. Overall, I found it to be a really good film. Worthy of my top ten list for this year…that is if I see enough films this year to even make a list. And you can be sure and at the same time, sad to say… the majority of what I see won’t be seen in the theater. I really need to do something about that. :)