It’s 1962 in a pre Beatles London and a precocious 16 year old Jenny is on the cusp of womanhood. The trajectory of her life has been long ago mapped out for her by her controlling yet bumbling father..school, Oxford University and then the inevitable union with a man of considerable means who will not only value her for her youthful beauty and insouciance but for her finely tuned University educated mind.
Despite her passion for everything French, her love of the cello and her fantasies of travel abroad and a life of art, haute cuisine and the glamour of being a citizen of the world, Jenny has fully accepted her role and she is focused whole heartedly on living it out.Enter David Gold. A dashing, Jewish, much older mystery man who sweeps her off her feet and gives her an “education” of a different kind. I’m not going to spoil the story by telling you more but suffice to say this movie knocked my socks off.
Directed by Lone Scherfig, written by Nick Hornby and beautifully acted by the amazing Carey Mulligan ( a girl to watch ), Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson and a supporting cast of near perfect performances, this movie is the best I’ve seen in a long time. It explores that tender time in a young woman’s life when she is on the cusp of everything and it all comes down to that choice of path that will define and/or undo her. With a smashing soundtrack of fab tracks from the early 60’s, couture to die for and the witty but weighty script I dare anyone not to come away with an education !!
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