With the Lights Out, It’s Less Dangerous

An EducationCarey Mulligan is going to be a star.

This is hardly news to, well, anyone. Her star is on the rise, with a spate of movies due for release in 2010: Never Let Me Go (based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name and co-starring her Pride & Prejudice sister, Kiera Knightley), and the sequel to 1987’s Wall Street to name just a couple of Mulligan’s upcoming projects.

But first came her revelatory role in Lone Scherfig’s An Education. In it, Mulligan plays Jenny, a young girl whose horizons are suddenly broadened as she embarks on a romance with a thirtysomething Peter Sarsgaard. Though the story does not deviate much from textbook love stories between people of drastically different perspectives, Mulligan infuses Jenny with both strength and vulnerability, naïveté and skepticism. It is her performance that fills in the film and her luminescence in it that will make her a star.


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