An education indeed!
This is a coming of age story of Jenny Mellor (brilliantly played by Carey Mulligan) who got attracted to an older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard) and got swept off her feet by the excitement brought bu David. Jenny being a top student in her class literally threw away her life and her chance to get into Oxford when she suddenly realised the "fun of the other side of life". She dropped out of school when David proposed. Later, when she found out that David was actually a married man and she threw away her entire carefully planned life for a little bit of fun. In the end she got back into school and continue her tertiary education.
This movie raised so many questions in mind. What is the point of education when the end point is the same? Is the whole "education is a waste" propaganda a theory by those who failed in education or is it a fact of life? Does attending the "University of Life" more beneficial than spending millions attending academic universities? What are we studying so hard for? On the other hand, this movie truly raised the issue where no woman can be secure enough in life without qualifications of her own. Never throw away life because of a man.
On the technical side of the movie, kudos to Carey Mulligan who did so incredibly well in acting. She is innocently sweet and naively naughty. And Peter Sarsgaard totally nailed the whole gentleman part. The father character played by Alfred Molina was so well written. It is like every loving protective father I have ever known. The soundtrack is very nice too. I just love French music though I do not understand a word they sing. The cinematography is also very nicely choreographed, with the sets and scenes beautifully designed. Watching the scenes in Paris actually made me feel like being in Paris.
Ratings : 8/10. Great performance by Carey Mulligan (she does look very classy with her hair done in a Audrey Hepburn bun) and interesting issues raised.