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tgir
May 29 2011, 11:34 PM
Just saw "An Education" on netflix, with Carey Mulligan, and small parts for Emma Thompson, Alfred Molina and Olivia Williams and Ellie Kendrick (recently on the recent revival of Upstairs/Downstairs).

Recommended for those of us with daughters and those of us who once were girls.

Very bright and promising only daughter of a 1962 suburban London family whose father is ambitious for her to go to Oxford---as well she should do. By chance she meets an older man who seduces the entire family and nearly costs Jenny her entire future. Could have been much more sordid, but it wasn't really. Quite a cautionary tale about how and why we sometimes allow others to lead us away from what we know is right and how that gives us--and other people--permission to do what we know is wrong. It all comes out in the end, but Jenny does indeed get an education.
Saw this on Starz last night. Very very good. Lots in common (almost an homage?) with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.



Comments for tgir...spoilery so skip until YOU watch it too....



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I really really liked David. He wasn't nearly as creepy as he could have been, as you said. I would have liked if her realization was prompted by something other than the cliche of find out he was married. Despite knowing David was the wrong path for her, I totally "got" why she was so dissatisfied with the life she'd been living, the future planned out by her dad. David had some valid things to "say" about the way to live life.

LOVED the C.S. Lewis plot point...except I expected the reveal would be dad learning that he almost never signed anything with Clive except contracts. He used "Jack" all his life, since he was two.

I also thought the ending was rushed. I'd like to have seen more of the teacher.

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