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An education film review
The main character in this film is a almost seventeen year old young woman Jenny (played by Carey Mulligan) who is attending high school and is preparing to go to college. The film is set in England and the young lady would like to attend Oxford University.
One day as she is walking home from school, she is caught in the rain. A charming gentleman David (played by Peter Sarsgaard) pulls up alongside her in his car. He would not blame her for not talking to strangers but he is concerned about her musical instrument getting wet and offers to put it in his car. The girl accepts his offer and begins with just walking alongside his car while the instrument is safe inside. Eventually, she gets tired of being drenched in the rain and she asks to get in the car too. She does not live far and in less than ten minutes, he drops her off at her home.
The encounter does not end there. They run into each other again and soon begin to forge a romance. Her parents are surprisingly naive and readily convinced that the relationship is a positive thing and can be encouraged.
Jenny's friends are giddy and excited for her and they encourage her relationship with the older man too. As the romance transpires, Jenny even gains permission to accompany David on an overnight trip to Oxford where she can see the University and meet authors. Jenny returns home with an autographed copy of a book to impress her parents but the autograph was forged by David himself.
David is a con-man who gets by through stealing paintings off the walls of homes that are for sale and committing other petty crimes. Jenny seems to be falling for him blindly and looks past all his misgivings. She might get angry about something but her being upset does not last for long.
Soon Jenny and David are even vacationing together in Paris!
Jenny becomes engaged to David and she is no longer the motivated, driven and determined young lady she once was in school. She decides to drop out of school since she is planning to get married. This decision ends up being a very damaging one as the relationship with David begins to fall apart....
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Based on the memoir by Lynn Barber
Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and others
I rate it 3/5 stars ***