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Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2009

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Carey Mulligan plays Jenny, a 16-year-old schoolgirl in England in the early 1960s. When she’s not practicing the cello or trying to get into Oxford, she’s dating a middle-age man who may or may not be a professional criminal. Director Lone Scherfig creates an odd mix of school-days drama and itchy horror. She’s helped by Peter Sarsgaard’s creepy performance as David, Jenny’s paramour: He has the air of a United States senator explaining to Larry King why he needed that refrigerator full of money. What makes An Education special is both its refusal to pander and its tremendous suspense. David becomes increasingly suspect as he’s cleared of specific suspicions, and Jenny’s growing infatuation with him is both charmingly sweet and horrifyingly dangerous and naïve. A tiny film with an almost Hitchcockian sense of tension, An Education offers the sort of interesting mixing of genres that only comes from stories based in truth.


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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/aneducation
Director: Lone Scherfig
Producer: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, David M. Thompson, Jamie Laurenson, Nick Hornby, James D. Stern and Douglas Hansen
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Cara Seymour, Matthew Beard and Sally Hawkins

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Chicago Reader The Reader's Guide to the 45th Chicago International Film Festival: Week One Selected films making their Chicago premieres at the festival through Thursday, October 15 by J.R. Jones, Cliff Doerksen, Andrea Gronvall and Joshua Katzman 10/08/2009
The Coast Halifax Friday AFF Preview: An Education Coming-of-age tale brings the pre-swinging 1960s Britain to life. by Carsten Knox 09/22/2009
Charleston City Paper Newcomer Carey Mulligan shines in the coming-of-age An Education In An Education, 16-year-old British schoolgirl Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is too smart for her own good. She is beginning to get a whiff of the boring life that is being plotted out for her by her parents and her four-eyed, unmarried, marmish teachers, and she doesn't like it. by Felicia Feaster 11/18/2009
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