An Education

An Education (Lone Scherfig, 2009)

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.

Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams

I'm not at all sure why this film needs to exist - now. I know that I could say that about a lot of films, but this is the first one that I feel should already have been made - so didn't need to be made now. (Assuming now, which happens to be 2017, when I saw it, is much the same as 2009, when it came out.) I seriously did actually look more than once at the date of its release to check that it had not been made in the 1960s. It's not just that it looks like the 1960s, nor even that everything is imbued with the values of the 1960s - it's made as it would have been made in the 1960s, and I just can't imagine why one would want to make a film in 2008 in exactly the same way as one would have made the same thing in about 1961 or 1962, when I think the film is set.

... Anyway, whatever, I'm glad to have been able to take this trip back to see a film that should have been made back then - an English film, but looking just a bit like a French film of the time - because English films were so stuffy. (Actually, this is a bit stuffy too - which is why it looks so convincing.)

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Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 4 April, 2017 | Now: 4 April, 2017