Carey Mulligan lost the competition to play the English-language version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," but won the plum role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

You can savor her artistry in her breakthrough movie,  "An Education," today and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Film Society at Howard Community College (10901 Little Patuxent Parkway; 410-772-4856).

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Mulligan (pictured in a still from the film) plays a British schoolgirl who finds release from her constricted home life and monotonous academic prowess when a charming, cosmopolitan, but worrying and mysterious adult (Peter Sarsgaard) takes her to concerts, galleries and nightclubs in London and Paris.

She and Sarsgaard partner each other excitingly and perfectly. Mulligan was a blank on the screen in Oliver Stone's abysmal, relentlessly expository "Wall Street" sequel. But usually she can bring even a wisp of a character to an unexpected bloom. She could be the ideal movie Daisy.

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