Slight but very well made, well told, well observed film
- An Education review by RP
I enjoyed this slight but very well made, well told, well observed film.
It tells the tale of 16-going-on-17 year old schoolgirl Jenny (superbly played by Carey Mulligan), busy studying for her 'A' levels before going (her father hopes) to Oxford, who meets an older man. He seduces both her and her parents, who trust him all too readily. Jenny drops out of school, but is (of course) let down by her new-found love, who while outwardly charming turns out to be (of course) an unpleasant character and (of course) a love-rat. By now older and wiser, Jenny re-takes her exams, enters Oxford, and lives to tell the tale.
The period backgrounds (suburban life, London on the cusp of the swinging 60s, Rachmanism, racial prejudice) are well observed, the script by Nick Hornby is excellent, and the acting suitably knowing. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended.
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