A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. [imdb]
Nominated for 3 Oscars:
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan
Best Adapted Screenplay
This movie is so British, so nice and so sweet. And well directed, and cool and trendy and... current in a strange way. And fun, and playful, and well acted. And it moves around so fast, really. And maybe that's also something I'm holding against it: it never settles... the plot never stops for a moment of quiet.
The screenplay is fun and I understand it wasn't an easy adaptation, as it required some story changes. The direction is inventive, but subtle and Carey's performance (which I'll soon write about on the other blog) is a star is born type of performance. It's so good (and she's perfect for the role) that I doubt she'll ever be able to top this. And talk about the best short-role of the year: Emma Thompson is so fierce in her 3-5 minutes performance that I would've actually suggested an Oscar nom.
My rating for the film: 8.5/10. Why not a 9? Because it goes by so fast, as I've said. :P PS: Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina are also veeeery good.