A sophisticated suitor played by Peter Sarsgaard turns schoolgirl Carey Mulligan's head in ‘An Education,’ showing at the Schwartz Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 28.


Best picture, best leading actress, and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominee “An Education” plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 28.

In 1961, bright 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is eager to begin the glamorous adult life she imagines. The diligent student is flattered to find herself courted by 30-ish urbanite David (Peter Sarsgaard), whose charm wins over even her parents. She’s quickly whisked into a life of excitement courtesy of David’s Bristol roadster, and finds herself at smoky clubs and auctions, and eventually Paris. Still a schoolgirl, Jenny’s headmistress (Emma Thomspon) and English teacher (Olivia Williams) are worried her newfound sophisticated lifestyle will interfere with her plans to attend Oxford. Nobody is sure whether or not David is a blessing, or a curse.

The movie, written by Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “About a Boy”) is based on a memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber.

“An Education” runs 1:35 and is rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.

“Broken Embraces” starring Penelope Cruz plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, and Sunday, March 14. Following that, “Me and Orson Welles” plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, and Sunday, March 21.

Tickets are $8, $6 for students, seniors 65 and older, and military. They can be purchased at the door one hour prior to showtime.

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