2009 TIFF movie four, An Education

My second day of TIFF started out with an amazing movie, An Education.  I am not going to go into a ton of details about the movie, because you need to see this movie, it is an enjoyable ride.

Basically Jenny, played by Carey Mulligan, is a 16 year old school girl who is working towards entrance into Oxford.  She is a very bright student with much promise.  She lives with her parents, her father is played by Alfred Molina, who you may remember as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2.  Unfortunately for Jenny, her father’s every move is geared to maximizing her chances at getting into Oxford.  There is no room for fun, everything must be calculated to enhance her efforts to get into Oxford.  Into her life comes David, played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is twice her age.  David is quite the charmer, not only charming Jenny with fun things, things she dreamed of doing after escaping the calculating clutches of her father, but her parents as well.  But the fun things that David shares with Jenny are not necessarily working towards the goal of getting accepted into Oxford.

The movie is set in the early 60s in Britain.  I am not sure how faithful the costume and sets are to the period, but stylistically the outfits and hairdos on the women were quite an enjoyable addition to the movies great story.

So far of the six movies I have seen, this is my favorite.  The acting was excellent, the chemistry between Carey and Peter was perfect.  The rest of the actors were very talented and added to the movie, from Carey’s parents, to her girlfriends in school, to the teacher and headmistress, and David’s friends, not a single role was done subpar.

Clearly the star is Carey Mulligan as Jenny, in fact Oscar buzz has already started for her.

There’s already Oscar talk surrounding Mulligan’s performance as a 16-year-old schoolgirl who is seduced by a charming and mysterious older man (Sarsgaard).

“It’s all positive,” Mulligan said of the buzz, which is akin to the glowing reception Anne Hathaway received at last year’s festival for “Rachel Getting Married” (she was ultimately nominated for an Oscar).

For those in attendance this morning, we got Q&A not only from director Lone Scherfig , but also from Carey, Peter, and Alfred who are pictured below.

An Education, Alfred Molina, Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard

You can see a trailer of it here:

It opens to limited release in the US on October 9th, 2009.  I highly recommend you see it.  It will likely garner at least one, if not multiple Oscar nominations.  On of the great things about TIFF is that it is often considered the kick off of Oscar season.

-Josh

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