“An Education” is the story of young, teenage lass caught between the dreams woven during the  “puberty”  years and the ripe reality of being a woman. The film is mostly showcased in British English with some tidbits of french langage de haut niveau (high-level french language).It is a drama set in 1960s Britain.

The character of Carry Mulligan “Jenny” knows what she exactly wants to do in life. Apparently, she is a rebel with a cause. The cause being her unrestrained love for various art forms, music in particular. She is a versatile Cellist and regularly takes lessons. She wants to build a career around it instead of just pursuing it as a hobby. But her father coaxes her to go to Oxford to study English Literature since he wants a safe and secure life for her daughter. But Jenny loves French and wishes to go to Paris. She has a maverick streak in her which motivates her to be independent and mature. Perhaps, she is fearful of the fact that she will suffer the same fate as her mother’s which did not contain a single element of adventure.

In the meantime, she meets this “perfect” stranger ; a man named “David” in his 30s who gives her a lift on a rainy day and she gradually starts taking interest in him. This man seems to be sophisticated, suave, gentlemanly, sentimental and really caring. He also meets her parents and regularly takes her out on some pretext or the other. But she seems to be unperturbed by the deeper, uglier secrets which David doesn’t readily share with her. As long as everything goes on fine, no one bothers. David has his networks;his friends; his money; his own car and he is a man with expensive tastes. Jenny enjoys her time with David until the time comes when she discloses that she is not going to lose her virginity before her 18th birthday. But David apparently convinces her and ultimately she loses it. David proposes for marriage and she readily accepts. But the murkier part happens quite soon when she comes to know about who David really is and how he has devastated the lives of many others.

In the hallucinogenic state of affairs , it seemed to her that life is euphoric. In David, she saw someone who would support her, love her and help her make her dreams come true. And that’s the reason exactly that compels her to argue with her teacher first and then the principal and ultimately she leaves her school to pursue her zealous dreams. But when reality bites hard, she falls back to normalcy. A great many expectations seem to be wiped out suddenly with the advent of an unheralded storm. She copes up very quickly, seeks help and at last makes it.

The title “An Education” is very apt in the sense that it was actually a lesson in disguise for young jenny. And many young,restless spirits do fall into that trap aided by their delirious enthusiasm and aroused hormonal activity. Produced by BBC World, the film is a must watch for teenagers and others who have fallen into the same inferno.

IMDB rating: 7.5/10