An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's really going on. The information is all there. But the initial exhilaration of a schoolgirl's first love affair is a giddy experience indeed. Sony Pictures Classics opens the movie October 9.
An Education emerges from the fall fests as a serious awards contender. The film debut of 24-year-old Carey Mulligan harkens back to Julie Christie's breakout role in 1965's Darling: she won the Oscar. Scherfig admits that Mulligan was wilier and better prepared than she had expected. She plays an academically inclined 60s high-schooler bursting to break out into the bigger world. Peter Sarsgaard (with a plummy British accent) is the rake who steals her innocence and sets her free.
Here's a clip from An Education; my Telluride talk with Scherfig and Mulligan is on the jump: