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: