Director Lone Scherfig beautifully captures the spirit of sixties London in the coming-of-age tale, "An Education". An ambitious and intelligent 16 year old high school Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is courted and seduced by a charming, albeit predatory scoundrel (Peter Sarsgaard) who takes her to operas, art auctions and French films; dines at the best restaurants; toasts on the best wines and dances at the coolest clubs. Suddenly, her sight earlier set for Oxford is muddled. She gets a proposal, but learns of a secret that leaves her empty-handed.
Does a hard earned education mean anything when you've got a more luxurious option thrown your way? Scherfig's low-key British drama captivates us.
Carey Mulligan takes on the wrong period, gets an Oscar nomination, and a plum role in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (a horrid title, if you ask me) with Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas.