#34 - An Education
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but this film captures every “smart” high school girl’s dream. It’s just that growing up in the suburbs, there’s no culture. And there’s no one around you who gives a shit about music or film or culture. This is why I needed to go to school in NYC.
So back to the FILM here: Carey Mulligan is absolutely amazing. She’s adorable and innocent and perfect. She plays a high school senior (whatever that is in England) about to go to Oxford (I think Oxford is England’s Harvard?), BUT then she meets this amazing man, played by Peter Sarsgaard. He gives her everything of the cultured life she’s always dreamed of. They go to Paris! But as with all stories, things go wrong… I also ADORE Olivia Williams - teacher from Rushmore, playing yet another awesome teacher. When the opening credits ran, I couldn’t believe that Nick Hornby adapted this script - but somehow, he really nailed it.