Monday, 30 November 2009

An education about boys . . .

It has been a very busy few months, but I have taken in a couple of movies. Here's a quick rundown:

The Boys are Back: Saw a preview screening of this Australian film some weeks before it was released. Clive Owen plays a man whose wife tragically dies, leaving him to raise and re-connect with their young son, somewhere in Adelaide. Matters are complicated when his other son from a previous marriage travels out from England to stay. It's a raw and well-acted film about boys and men (brother/brother relationships and father/son relationships) -- an interesting insight for women. It's definitely a character drama, with not a huge amount of action, although there was enough tension to get me onto the edge of my seat a couple of times.

An Education: Another free ticket! Set in the 1960s, this is about a 16-yr old English school girl, highly intelligent, who catches the eye of a socialite man in his 30s. She is wined and dined and exposed to an intoxicating world that makes her question the worth of her staid private education, where the only end-game for women seems to be a secretary, nurse or teacher. It's not a romance, more a coming of age story. I certainly enjoyed it, although it lacked the rawness, tension and emotion of The Boys are Back.

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