Saturday, January 30, 2010

We all have to grow up sometime

An Education
Directed by Lone Scherfig

An education is a successful modern day films set in the 1960's. It captures the nostalgic innocence of the time period without ignoring the obvious cultural ignorance. The story is about a 17 year old, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a much older man named David (Peter Sarsgaard). Odile Dicks-Mireaux, the costume designer for the film, did an amazing job emphasizing the drastic difference between Jenny and David's worlds. Jenny looked much younger which made her interactions with David feel very perverse in the beginning. The more she became accustomed to the lifestyle the more her appearance reflected it. Like most women during the pre-feminist movement of the 1960's, Jenny finds herself choosing between marriage and education in order for her to gain access to a better life.

"So my choice is either to do something hard and boring, OR to marry my Jew, and listen to jazz and read and eat good food in a nice restaurants and have fun. Its not enough to educate us anymore, Miss Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it."

While watching this film I cringed the whole way as I witness this girl setting herself up for failure. Although, with all of my post feminist wisdom and 21st century knowledge, I could see where she is coming from. If the opportunities aren't available to you anyway, then whats the point in working so hard when the outcome will be the same. I could relate to the character of Jenny in the sense that she that rebelled against herself in quest for excitement, love and adventure. Its was so easy for her to pass judgement and think that she had life figured out, but she couldn't truly understand anything until she lived through her own mistakes. When she came out the other end she realized that she has everything she needed all along. For me to see a coming of age story at the point of my life that I'm finally feeling comfortable in my own skin seems to be ironic. All of the things that you considered red flags now wouldn't necessarily come to mind when you were younger. As you get older it becomes easier to figure out what’s real and valuable and what is fleeting and insignificant.

1 comment:

  1. You are so funny! Loved your comment about Denzel and Will Smith. I am following your blog about movies, but right now we are up to our ears in snow, so it's Netflix streaming all the way. Any suggestions?