Notes on a Scandal (2007)

One woman's secret is another woman's power. One woman's fear is another woman's weapon. One woman's life is in another woman's hands....

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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

This is one of those films like a great pasta dish where everything is just right but somehow you still don't feel the restaurant is justified charging $21.95 for a plate of noodles and tomato sauce. The direction is top notch, Cate Blanchett as Sheba Hart is great and Bill Nighy supporting just works. As much as I usually adore Judi
Dench's acting, I thought she was a little too one-dimensional in this role. But given her choice, she executed the role with the usual Dench precision.
This is a twisted love triangle story with very real characters. If you're the kind that picks up the dirt rags in the checkout line at the supermarket, you'll probably love the story. I gave it a 7 on my scale. It won't blow you away, but you won't feel like you've wasted your time either.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, UK Film Council, BBC Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Ingenious Media by Richard Eyre, Patrick Marber, Zoë Heller.
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Keywords: adultery based on novel or book infidelity secret obsession blackmail seduction friendship stalker love loneliness teacher conservative student teenager relationship art extramarital affair journal

01/05/2007

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