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From acclaimed writer Nick Hornby (About A Boy, High Fidelity) comes this inspired coming-of-age film Rolling Stone magazine calls "a miracle of a movie." When Jenny (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Carey Mulligan), a bright young school girl who longs for adulthood, meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), a dashing older man, he introduces her to his vibrant world of glamorous friends, chic jazz clubs and her own sexual awakening. Will she let this affair ruin her dreams of attending Oxford, as her headmistress (Emma Thompson) fears? This captivating film sparkles with the wit, charm and style of 1960s Britain.

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Studio Sony
SKU 214320915
UPC 043396331761
UPC 14 00043396331761
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/3/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2010) Carey Mulligan, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Nick Hornby, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Golden Globe (2010) Carey Mulligan, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Reviews
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Review What happens when you combine a star-making turn by a young actress with a supporting cast of an unimpeachable pedigree and a screenplay by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy)? The result, shepherded to the screen by Danish-born filmmaker Lone Scherfig, is An Education, one of 2009's finest motion pictures - an open and honest look at sexual politics and a woman's place in the world during the early1960s. Impeccably staged and acted, An Education culls the most from a solid script (based on the memoir of Lynn Barber), providing viewers with a rich, satisfying experience...As Jenny, Carey Mulligan gives the kind of performance that will have viewers searching IMDb.com in search of other things they can see her in. In fact, her resume is more substantial than that of many 22-year olds, but most of her roles were on British television (her most internationally visible parts being as Ada Clare in the BBC-TV adaptation of Bleak House and as Sally Sparrow in the Doctor Who episode "Blink"). Mulligan's acting in An Education is eye opening; it's no stretch to say that she's one of the reasons this film is so good. She plays a character six years younger than her actual age with complete credibility. She never falls into the common traps of precociousness and overt sentimentality, and during the scenes in Paris, there's more than a little Audrey Hepburn in her approach. Jenny is smart, determined, and aware enough of the ways of the world to make her occasional naivet? an endearing characteristic rather than a detriment. Mulligan embodies these traits to perfection and deserves to be placed on a short list of actors deserving a Best Actress nomination...On the surface, it might look as if this is a cautionary tale about the dangers of a teenage girl entering into a relationship with a man twice her age, but Jenny embarks upon her romantic adventure with a clear head. She is ultimately a casualty not of her own innocence but of something that could victimize someone of any age. In the end, this is more a character study of Jenny than a tale of tortured love, and a reminder that any education worth having comes with its share of trauma.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review An Education tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who is the target of a sophisticated seduction by a 35-year-old man. This happens in 1961, when 16-year-old girls were a great deal less knowing than they are now. Yet the movie isn't shabby or painful, but romantic and wonderfully entertaining...It depends on a British actress named Carey Mulligan, who in her first major feature role is being compared by everyone with Audrey Hepburn. When you see her, you can't think of anyone else to compare her with. She makes the role luminous when it could have been sad or awkward. She has such lightness and grace, you're pretty sure this is the birth of a star...Part of the genius of An Education is that it unfolds this relationship at a deliberate pace. Sarsgaard plays an attractive, intelligent companion. He is careful to keep a distance. Must be a good trout fisherman. To some degree, he's truthful: He enormously enjoys this smart, pretty girl. He loves walking along the Seine with her. He knows things about the world that she eagerly welcomes...So young women, let this movie offer useful advice. When a man seems too good to be true, he probably isn't -- good, or true. We all make mistakes when we're growing up. Sometimes we learn from them. If we're lucky, we can even learn during them. And you must certainly see Paris. Do not count on meeting the aunt...Barber writes: "What did I get from Simon? An education -- the thing my parents always wanted me to have... I learned about expensive restaurants and luxury hotels and foreign travel, I learned about antiques and Bergman films and classical music. But actually there was a much bigger bonus than that. My experience with Simon entirely cured my craving for sophistication. By the time I got to Oxford, I wanted nothing more than to meet kind, decent, straightforward boys my own age, no matter if they were gauche or virgins. I would marry one eventually and stay married all my life and for that, I suppose, I have Simon to thank."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times This is a performance, and a film, to cherish for this year and always.
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail Hornby is a fine craftsman and his dialogue sparkles, though occasionally the scenes are too calculated.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian It is, in its quiet, precise, classical way, nearly perfect.

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