An Education is one of my top favorite movies in recent years. It zips along at a delightful clip, and you find yourself wishing, only for a minute or two, that you were the one being swept off your feet by a rakish man with a fancy sports car. Then that minute passes and you remember that, ugh, he should know better, seeing that he is twice your age and you’re a smart girl who shouldn’t fall for tricks like that.
1. The Plague by Albert Camus, $9.95; 2. Upwardly Mobile Satchel, $135; 3. Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils, $3.50/set of 12; 4. Gold Heart Locket, $30; 5. Tortoise Hair Pins, $3.50; 6. Leica X1 Camera, $2,600; 7. Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair, $635; 8. Portmeirion Cups and Saucers, $86/set of 4; 9. Chelsea Crew Oxfords, $60; 10. Roberts Revival Radio, $328; 11. Gray A-Line Skirt, $48
The genius of the movie is in the way it lulls you into thinking, hoping even, that this is how everything should be. But no, a 30-year-old seducing a 16-year-old is clearly not how things should be. Even so, there’s a layer of schoolgirl excitement that’s unshakable as you watch Jenny and her friends squeal over dresses, perfume and all things French. Whatever the bait, I took it — hook, line and sinker.
1. Vintage Patent Leather Handbag, $60; 2. Dior Cat Eye Sunglasses, $295; 3. Chanel No.5, $94; 4. Vintage Cigarette Lighter, $505; 5. Antique Camel-Back Settee; 6. Vintage Lamp, $550; 7. English Coffee Pot, $65; 8. Nordstrom Keyhole Gloves, $75; 9. Armitron Black and Gold Watch, $41