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England, 1961, is in a full post-colonial hangover. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is sixteen and full of dreams of Paris and the wider world. She gets them for a brief time by becoming the girlfriend of an older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard). David is dashing, glamorous, good looking, and rich. How he gets his money is a bit unscrupulous, but Jenny is willing to accept it as the price for the posh… (more)
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Jenny: It's not enough to educate us anymore Ms. Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it.
Jenny: One of the boys I dated, and they were boys, suggested that we go to Paris and I said I'd always wanted to see Paris. As if I'd never been!
Miss Stubbs: You seem to be old and wise.
Jenny: I feel old. But not very wise.
Jenny: [Jenny's thoughts on sex ] It's funny though, isn't it? All that poetry and all those songs, about something that lasts no time at all.
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Carrie Mulligan, a smart prep-school girl, is drawn in by an older man and gets a crashcourse in life outside the classroom when he whisks her away on exotic vacations and adventures. She throws away her dream of going to Oxford when he proposes to her. When she finds out that her fiance already has a wife and a son the dazzling candy-coated exterior of their relationship melts away.
You can't live your life completely in the system (in this case academia) but neither is it wise to try to escape from it completely either. It's the amalgamation of our experiences both in the classroom and in pur relationships that make up a ful education.The way we learn from the ups & downs of life is the truest form of education.