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An Education (2009)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | 9:23 PM

Genre: Drama/Romance

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour

Set in 1970's London, a young 16-year-old Jenny (Mulligan) finds herself seduced by David (Sarsgaard) a man twice her age. Her father, Jack (Molina) is adamant that she gets admitted to Oxford for her graduation and doesn't allow her any social life. David and Jenny start lying to Jenny's parents about David's contacts with famous writers in a bid to go out with each other. Her father is so overwhelmed by David that he soon forgets that his daughter needs to go to Oxford and accepts Jenny and David's relationship. David's actual occupation is to make black people move in next door to white people who are scared of them and then to buy their houses cheap and re-selling them. Along with his friend Danny (Cooper) they also steal valuable artifacts from the purchased houses and sell them at astronomical prices. Jenny is initially shocked when she learns of David's occupation but she finds the her new life so glamorous, she chooses to ignore the dark side. She is completely convinced that education is not a necessity but merely something that world thinks you require it and slowly moves away from her academic career. Although the movie seems to be on the slower side, it actually manages to maintain a steady pace along with audience interest from start to end. The movie has some fine performances and those little cliched parts turn into well-discovered niches. Carey Mulligan's fabulous performance steals the show throughout.

Thumbs up: Carey Mulligan and well-executed plot
Thumbs down: A little dull climax

Rating: 7.7/10
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