Monday, 28 June 2010

an education






Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I've been sick with a cold and flu and unfortunately it coincided with a major styling shoot - four setups in one day (Friday). As it happened that was the worse day of my illness but there was no way I couldn't plough through and just get the job done - a location, photographer (up from Melbourne), numerous couriers and removalists had all been booked. I'm not too thrilled with the first shot of the day, but hopefully the rest will survive the cutting block. We'll see...

So after the shoot I followed my usual Friday evening ritual and watched a DVD. I'd heard great things about An Education and wasn't disappointed. In fact, not only did I really enjoy the film but it left my mind ticking for days later - I'm still pondering on it, actually.

I can really relate to the central character; her naivety at that age about how the world "really works", and her dreams of living in Paris. I love the scene of her lying in her bedroom singing along to French records. Perhaps that's what inspired me to make Boeuf bourguignon (thanks, Stephanie Alexander) and drink red wine while listening to the beautiful Mademoiselle CD by French chanteusse Berry yesterday.

The film's screenplay was by Nick Hornby, who I'm really starting to think is a bit of a legend. He also wrote Fever Pitch, About a Boy and High Fidelity.

7 comments:

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

i loved it too. i heard great things about it, so i bought it when i came across it in a shop somewhere and then watched it. glad i did, have watched it again since.

katiecrackernuts said...

It ticked in my head for days too. Must watch it again. As a 36 year old, about his age from memory, with girls her age, bit older actually 23, 21 and 19 (and a boy 16 - yeah, yeah, do the math ... I raised 'em but didn't give birth, the wicked stepmum, am I) I pondered on it for ages. Actually, I pondered on the role of the parents, her parents, clearly. Their naivety. My naivety. What did I miss? What clues? What danger did I not warn them of. God knows, we knew a lot ... too much for one child and it nearly smashed our family to smithereens. But, perhaps, for the others we missed things. Oh, so much to ponder still.

Sam said...

I absolutely loved An Education. Carey Mulligan is brilliant in my opinion.

Monique Germon said...

'I'm going to smoke and wear blllllack and listen to jazz records.' I think I might still relate actually. Have watched it 7 times for many reasons so yep, I'm totally with you NW!

sam said...

Loved this film - it stayed with me for ages after seeing it. And what a screenplay! Hope you're on the mend, sam

www.loadedtrunk.com said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful film as well. Then I got to your Boeuf bourguignon-stopped me cold.UGH!THen I realized it is your winter. It is 32C here is USA and chilled gazpacho is on my menu!
I am a die hard Julia Childs Boeuf bourguignon maker, so i will be curious to try this next fall!

Pinecone Camp said...

Hope you're feeling better! It's so hard to shoot when sick...it's happened to me a few times. Ugh.
I haven't seen this film, but I love the way it looks. we're expecting a few days of rain, so I think I might just pick this up.

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