Director Lone Scherfig’s Oscar contender An Education
is a coming-of-age drama set in England during 1961 and based on British journalist Lynn Barber’s autobiographical memoir. Carey Mulligan plays Jenny Miller, a schoolgirl who strikes up a relationship with an older man, David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), with her parents’ blessing. David charms the young woman so much that she even overlooks some of his shady business dealings because he’s wooing her with concerts, jazz clubs and even a trip to Paris. This May-December romance starts to unravel faster than you can say Anna Nicole Smith when David proposes marriage and Jenny discovers he is already married. Can she pick up her life where she left off and get into Oxford like she planned? Since An Education
is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress and the Academy drools over inspirational stories, what do you think?
Sony is bringing An Education home on DVD and Blu-ray on March 30, a few weeks after the Academy Awards. Both versions will contain commentary with Scherfig, Mulligan and Sarsgaard, “The Making of An Education,” “Walking the Red Carpet” and deleted scenes. If you’re one of those people who is a sucker for anything set during the Mad Men era, you’ll appreciate how the filmmakers tried to re-create England in the early 1960s when it seemed like the world was about to get turned upside down at any moment.