Jenny’s (Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan) Oxford-bound teen life is a bore in 1961 London until she’s given a different kind of education after being immersed in the beguiling but hazardous world of much-older David (Peter Sarsgaard). Even Jenny’s parents, Jack (Alfred Molina) and Marjorie (Cara Seymour), are intrigued by him, but her unimpressed teacher (Olivia Williams) works to keep Jenny’s entire future from crumbling under David’s influence. (Netflix)
This movie is fantastic. Legit. The storyline, acting, directing, everything. Carey Mulligan completely deserved the Oscar nom. I would give the nomination to Peter Sarsgaard too, but in the end, I found myself questioning his choices and what his motives truly were and what his true feelings were, it was a little muddy. Emma Thompson is fantastic in her bit role as the headmistress. and Alfred Molina as her dad was fantastic as well. The story is an exploration of how a girl comes of age in a not so normal way. As she says near the end: “I feel old, but not wise.” It can be a bit slow in parts, and I ended up hating the characters I liked at the beginning and loving the characters I hated at the beginning. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Overall, a fantastic movie that everyone should see.