d. Lone Scherfig / 2009 / UK / 100 min
Viewed at: Cinema 3 @ Barbican (London, UK)
Slick, accomplished, well-constructed film about a young woman swept up in the romance of an older man and the inevitable consequences of putting affairs of the heart before desires of the mind. Comparable to Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003) in its rendering of young Francophilia and the perils of love, I really enjoyed this one.
Everything about this early 1960s period piece felt spot-on, from the sets to the costume design and hair, to an insistence upon suburban England as a grey, dull, lifeless void in the calm before the eventual storm of Beatlemania and the Swinging Sixties.
Leading an excellent cast, Carey Mulligan still manages to stand out, and its easy to see why she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, undoubtedly helped by that special coquettish glamour which has been missing from the Oscar race of late. Certainly worthy of its praise, and proof – yet again – that Lone Scherfig is a fine director indeed.