“If you never do anything, you never become anyone. ” – Jenny
Number of Times Seen – 2 (30 Dec 2009 and 18 Apr 2017)
Brief Synopsis – In the 60’s a young and impressionable girl is swept off her feet by a man twice her age.
My Take on it – This is a very subtle film that is filled with great performances which helps make a poignant character study.
The story itself is quite seemingly very simplistic yet it is layered with so many complexities that you really need to think about everything that happens as the story moves forward.
The title itself is in essence great because it can be understood in numerous ways depending on which aspects of the story you focus on.
Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard are both fun to watch here because their characters are also quite layered when looking closely at them.
As good as this film is, I can’t say that I agree that it should have been among those nominated for Best Picture that year.
Bottom Line – Great subtle performances by both leads help make this a great character study. The story itself is relatively simplistic on the outside, yet it is quite layered when you look more closely. Love the way that the title has numerous meanings with regard to what happens in the film. Not sure that this film was deserving of a Best Picture nomination despite the fact that it is done quite well. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The creative team were initially worried about casting the 22-year-old Carey Mulligan in the role of a 16-year-old, but were convinced by her screen test. Rosamund Pike reportedly really wanted the small part of Helen, because “no one ever lets me be funny”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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Agree with your review. I saw this in a theater when it first came out and haven’t seen it again, but I remember the film (and Carey Mulligan) making quite an impression. It must have as I promptly added the DVD to my collection.
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Carey Mulligan really held the attention with her mature performance.
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