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An Education (2009)

 -  Drama  -  5 February 2010 (USA)
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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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Hattie
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Nick Sampson ...
Auctioneer
Kate Duchêne ...
Latin Teacher (as Kate Duchene)
Bel Parker ...
Small Girl
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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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Innocence of the Young.

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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:

£399,122 (UK) (30 October 2009)

Gross:

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

Whilst the screenplay was being written, the producers were looking for directors; Beeban Kidron was on board for a year and half, and helped develop the script. She was forced to pull out because of a commitment to Hippi Hippie Shake. See more »

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When Jenny invites David to the concert, she indicates that the composer is Elgar. David replies, "I'm afraid Elgar and the Jews don't get along". This may imply either Jews don't like Elgar (hard to prove) or that Elgar was anti-Semitic. However there is no evidence of Elgar being anti-semitic, in fact from Elgar's biography - "1933 Flies to Paris to conduct performance of the Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin (with whom he recorded it the previous year); visits the paralyzed Delius; writes of his dismay at Hitler's anti-Semitic policies in Germany;". 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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A Sunday Kind of Love
Written by Barbara Bell, Louis Prima, Anita Leonard, and Stan Rhodes
Performed by Beth Rowley
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A girl learning her lesson... A mainstream story of growing-up
14 July 2010 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

'Is this coming-of-age movie a bildungs-film?' I thought at first and went to see the film to find out. It seemed a bildung story, but it was not in the end, because it lacks originality and complex relations required in such a film. No, the interesting story of a young girl turns out to be a bad representation and "lecture" of what will become of a girl if she doesn't behave well. Overall, they tried to create a lively atmosphere of the 1960s London, you can sense that, but why on earth did they need to end the movie with a lesson about the right path? Does it matter that we see the girl learned her lesson? It reminds me of simple didactic films in my home-country; these movies can be made anytime and they all end the same way: a mainstream growing-up story at the end, leaving the psychological complexity of mind and soul out of the story. Such a story should have been screen-played with a different outlook.


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