Based on an autobiographical essay by British journalist Lynn Barber, An Education tells the story of Jenny Miller, a young girl living in 1960’s England who has an affair with an older man named David Goldman.
Jenny (played wonderfully by a mesmerizing Carey Mulligan) lives a protected life that is driven by her dream to go to Oxford. One day, as she is walking home from cello practice in the rain, the charming and handsome David (a mysterious yet entrancing Peter Saarsgard) offers her a ride. She cautiously accepts and as they drive, her esteem for him grows. He then offers to take her to hear the symphony and even though she would like to attend, she says that her parents would never permit it. Using his charm, David seduces Jenny’s mother and impresses and convinces her strict overbearing father (Alfred Molina at his best).