It is the year 1961. Jenny is 16 and dreams of Paris of a glorious life amongst the Gauloises-smokers on the banks of the Seine. For the time being, however, this pretty, intelligent girl is obliged to continue her studies at school... and whenever shes not shes busy singing along to Juliette Grécos chansons in her bedroom in Twickenham. Jenny cant wait to grow up. She is a nonetheless diligent pupil with excellent grades (except in Latin) that should help her to gain a place at Oxford. But then, one rainy day of which there are many a curious admirer appears in Jennys life. David is already in his thirties. A witty, urbane citydweller, David easily outrivals all the schoolboys around Jenny. Moreover, to Jennys great amazement, he even succeeds in charming her conservative parents Jack and Marjorie, dispersing any objections they may have had about her having an older Jewish man for a boyfriend. David introduces Jenny to a bright new world of classical concerts and latenight dining in the company of Davids friend and business associate, Danny, and his attractive if somewhat insipid girlfriend, Helen. Together they undertake excursions in Davids sports car and even spend a weekend together in Oxford. On her seventeenth birthday, David invites Jenny on a trip to Paris promising Jennys parents that his Aunt Helen will be accompanying them as a chaperone. But what Jennys parents dont know is that Jenny has long since decided when and where she will lose her virginity ...
by Lone Scherfig
with Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike
United Kingdom / USA 2008