When we are young, we can’t wait to grow up. And then when we grow up…… and we find out that it’s not all that we thought it was.
An Education made it’s debut in 2009. It’s the story of Jenny (Carey Mulligan), a teenager in 1960’s London. Her father (Alfred Molina) has a goal of seeing his daughter receive her college degree from Oxford. Her life changes when she meets David G0ldman (Peter Saarsgard), a man twice her age. David is very much the gentleman, to Jenny and her parents. Their relationship begins to turn romantic, but David may not be what he seems.
This movie is a very quiet movie, but in that quietness is the power. Mulligan as teenage Jenny, represents the anxieties and pressures we all faced as teenagers. Molina, as Jenny’s father represents all our fathers when we were teenagers. He wants the best for her, but still does what every father of a teenager girl does. Saarsgard as David, represents the fantasy of being a teenager and taken away from the restrictive life to the freedom of being an adult.
This cast is full of actors who have played characters in Austen adaptations, with a Jane Eyre subplot.
What else does one need for a good movie?