Tuesday, 3 November 2009

An Education

Good film. First rate central performance from Carey Mulligan, who is both pretty and plain, young and mature - in other words perfect casting for the wise and naive Jenny. In fact the strongest element of the film is the casting which is spot on throughout. The ethos that pervades it all is of course liberal, but in the end our sympathies lie not with the young man who shows Jenny Paris but with the stuffy "frightened" father so well played by Alfred Molina. Not unlike 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' the picture ends up extolling the virtues of the milieu it affects to despise. The touch is light and the drama never really compelling, but it is a change to see something a little less than breathless in the cinema.

PS "Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking." Dpes this mean that 'Casablanca' is now a PG-13 in the USA?

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