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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

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William Melling ...
Small Boy #1
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Small Boy #2
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Graham
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Amanda Fairbank-Hynes ...
Hattie
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Nick Sampson ...
Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne ...
Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ...
Small Girl
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Storyline

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Innocence of the Young.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enseñanza de vida  »

Box Office

Budget:

£4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$159,017 (USA) (9 October 2009)

Gross:

$12,574,715 (USA) (30 April 2010)
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Trivia

Rosamund Pike played Carey Mulligan's older sister in 2005's 'Pride & Prejudice'. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene Jenny and her friend can be seen cycling into the Bodleian library courtyard. Bikes are not allowed in the Bodleian and others can be seen chained to the railings outside. There are also 3 steps up to this courtyard which they would not have been able to cycle up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Stubbs: Come on, girls. Anybody?
[pauses]
Miss Stubbs: Anybody else?
[pauses]
Miss Stubbs: Jenny again.
Jenny: Isn't it because Mr. Rochester's blind?
Miss Stubbs: Yes, Jenny.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Without Fire
Written by Duffy and Bernard Butler
Performed by Duffy
Courtesy of A&M/Polydor Records (UK), Mercury Records (US)
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Why can't American movie makers make a movie this great?
1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't need to know the plot to understand that this movie has all of the magic of true art-a wonderful story, an actress and director seemingly out of nowhere, and a cinematic style that is dramatic and completely engrossing and satisfying. What is amazing is that this film shows how American cinema has completely lost its touch. In the old studio days young American actresses, and actresses from around the world were somehow discovered and developed. When is the last time that has happened in Hollywood? Our movie machine is run by a bunch of bean counters that don't know art from bank notes, casting the same tired names over and over again in endless overblown works of absolute drivel. Here is a movie with a relatively small budget, relatively unknown actors, and a plot that seems pedestrian. If you don't see this film you will probably miss one of the most touching, true and completely cinematic works of many years. This movie is a miracle.


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