An Education

中文片名 名媛教育
評分 ★★★½

I couldn’t help but see myself in this movie. I was there, precisely. Maybe a lot of people were, not just me, suffocated by the school work and wasn’t able to enjoy life, or maybe didn’t even know what life was. When there was a window for us to reach the outside world, we just wanted to crawl/fly out there and didn’t want to get back. Then we started to wonder if what in front of us was what we wanted, why not to grab it? Unfortunately sometimes things are not what they seemed to be, some people are not who they said they were. We were too young and innocent. We couldn’t figure that out until later, just like Jenny in An Education.

Carey Mulligan is very lovely in this movie, very nice performance indeed. She actually reminded me of Audry Hepburn in a way. I also found it very interesting that Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and Fever Pitch, wrote the screenplay.

有人發現我近幾天發文的電影都是今年金球獎提名的作品嗎?希望可以在這週末頒獎前能把所有被提名的主要獎項作品都擺上來分享一下,最後再來個gigi自以為大預測。

An Education的預告片在我去年看The September Issue時電影院有放映,但因為我實在對男主角Peter Sarsgaard沒好感,一直到女主角Carey Mulligan被提名金球獎戲劇類最佳女主角我才有了興趣。Carey Mulligan在先前提過的Brothers也有軋上一角,只不過是不容易被注意到的小配角,這回她在An Educatoin挑大樑,還真讓人印象深刻。拍片時22歲的她演起17歲高中生一點也不勉強,演技自然又非常有魅力,我相當看好的一位新星。

這部片還好先前只是暫譯為教訓,不然我真會翻桌,雖然說名媛教育還是有些不對味,不過至少聽起來吸引人些。An Education是關於一個準備要進第一學府牛津大學的十七歲高中女孩的故事。聰明有想法的她一直對她傳統學校教育不甚認同,即便她課業及課外表現都十分優秀。偶然下她遇上一個年紀幾乎大上她兩倍的中年男子,充滿著外面花花世界吸引力且成熟魅力的他,帶著她出入高級餐廳,爵士酒吧,名畫拍賣會,體驗過上流社會的生活後,她更不見繼續求學這件事的必要性,尤其這個男人可以帶給她無慮的物質享受,反正女人最終不是走向婚姻?

看這部電影的時候我不時想起高中時代的自己,一直對外面的世界充滿了憧憬,被課業壓力逼得緊只希望有一天上了大學能投奔自由,所有的玩樂都要等到熬過了現在再說,但是當某個窗口出現的時候,什麼也不管的就要爬出去。對自己過去那段時間的記憶,很可悲的確實充滿那些掙扎的痕跡。後悔嗎?也許吧,也許不。

這篇分享文真是太私人了,啊。

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