Jenny is a very intelligent 16 year old girl in high school, her goal is to enter in Oxford so she is studying hard to get there. Meanwhile she meets a very charming men in his 30's, he starts to seduce her but not just her, her parents too. Her parents that once wanted her to get the best education possible are now also enchanted with this very pleasent men that seems to be the perfect future for her daughter. But things turn not to be that easy and Jenny also starts to question her goals. She is not so sure anymore about education values.
I didn't know much about this story, I actually wanted to see it because of Carey Mulligan and I am for seeing it pretty much since it came out. I think she is a fine actress, liked to see her in everything she had done so far and that was the main reason.
As I predicted Carey Mulligan gives a strong performance in this film, I think she is those kind of actress that does not even need to speak. She can speak through her eyes and facial expressions and she can transmit a lot to us without saying any word.
The rest of the performances are all strong and it always lovely too see Emma Thompson even if it's just for a little role as a headmistress.
Although this is a lovely coming-of-age story about destroyed dreams and childish fantasies of what is being an adult I thought that I would see some more depth in it and I didn't felt that certain depth in the story. Of course it has a point, a message but I was already predicting how it was going to end and what the lesson after all would be. I was always waiting for something special but nothing really different popped up. I think I would rather seen a more dramatic end and not the pretty one.
Overall, An Education is not great but not bad. It's an okay story lightened by strong performances.