Carey Mulligan (above), who has been talked about as a candidate for the American version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," got Hollywood's full attention (and an Oscar nomination) for last year's "An Education," which screens Thursday, April 15 as part of the New Release Cinema program in Howard County. In this much-loved but under-seen comedy-drama, director Lone Scherfig and screenwriter Nick Hornby do their best to fill out Lynn Barber's wispy memoir of the same name. It's about a British schoolgirl (Carey Mulligan) who finds release from her constricted home life and monotonous route to academic success when a charming, cosmopolitan, but mysterious adult (Peter Sarsgaard) takes her to concerts, galleries and nightclubs in London and Paris. The film moves nimbly through gamy material: it's about, not victimization, but the getting of wisdom. Mulligan and Sarsgaard partner each other excitingly and perfectly. The show goes on at the East Columbia Branch library at 7 p.m.

(photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

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