Girls come of age too (An Education reviewed)


An Education (2009, UK)

Seen: Thursday, 31st December 2009
Runtime: 95′
Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins
Production House: BBC Films, Endgame Entertainment, Finola Dwyer Productions, Wildgaze Films
Plot: (from imdb)

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.


Impressions In Short
It’s a pretty sweet, British film with a hard punch at the end. Enjoyed it :)

More About the Film
You know how there are so many coming of age films about boys? And yet I only came up with the already reviewed Balley Shoes when I tried to think of one about girls. Well, at least now I can add An Education to the list ;) It was definitely nice to see a quality coming of age film about a girl for once!
One of the best things about the film are the performances. Even the small parts were very impressive. My personal favourite is Sally Hawkins. She only has one scene in the movie, but it’s an important one. Without spoiling too much, she’s the one who delivers the big punch and it so hurts!
I was surprised to find I even enjoyed Dominic Cooper - that’s a first for me. I always found him a bit fake before, but here he was spot on.
It’s generally a very well crafted movie - a very nice piece of writing as well.

Yes, definitely :) I think most people would like it at least somewhat. It’s pretty sweet and I think one of those films, which can be enjoyed regardless of whether you’re more into mainstream or art house films.

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