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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 5, 2009 at 3:08AM

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.
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Thompson on Hollywood

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:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.