An Education

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This Oscar-nominated Best Picture is set in early 1960s London, where a scholarly teenage girl (Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan) is seduced by a charming thirtysomething cad (Peter Sarsgaard) and his sophisticated lifestyle. Emma Thompson, Alfred Molina. Directed by Lone Scherfig from an Oscar-nominated script by Nick Hornby.

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