As the air is getting crisper, and I’m hearing a lot of Staples and Office Depot school supplies ads, I can’t stop thinking about BACK TO SCHOOL, and this great 2009 British film, directed by Lone Sherfig, An Education. That year it was up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Carey Mulligan), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby based on Lynn Barber’s autobiographical article). Although it didn’t win any Academy Awards, it won my heart ::barf::
I get really swept off my feet by the charm of this film – by Sarsgaard and by the drool-worthy 1961 costumes and sets. Even Mulligan’s 16-year-old character’s supposedly dreary suburban life (without the glamor of Sarsgaard’s life glittering with promise) is appealing in its on way. I love how this movie can seduce a viewer and then drop her on her head. Very mild spoiler alert: things are not always as they seem!
This movie is about smart people doing kind of foolish things.