Notes on a Scandal
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When Sheba Hart joins St. George's as the new art teacher, Barbara Covett senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara becomes the keeper of her secret.
Gold stars to all for this taut psychological thriller based on Zoe Heller's novel that that gets more insidiously twisted as it unfolds. Oscar-nominated for her chilling performance, Dame Judi Dench gives a master class as schoolteacher Barbara Covett, a frumpy, friendless, and flinty spinster who lives with her cat. A formidable presence, Barbara is standoffish with colleagues and not one for students to trifle with (not that they'd dare). Cate Blanchett, also an Oscar nominee and winner of several critics society awards for her impassioned performance, costars as Sheba Hart, the new, overwhelmed art teacher who first becomes enthrall to Barbara after she steps in to help Sheba discipline unruly students. Barbara cultivates a friendship, and insinuates herself into Sheba's chaotic life, which includes her older husband (Bill Nighy), teenage daughter, and a son with Down's syndrome. Then, Barbara catches the reckless Sheba in a compromising position with a 15-year-old student (Andrew Simpson). Seizing her opportunity, the calculating Barbara does not turn her in. Rather, she wants to "help" her. "She's the one I've been waiting for," she writes in the journals she meticulously keeps, and which provide, in voiceover, her corrosive commentary. This all sounds very Fatal Attraction, but no boiling rabbits, please; we're British. Philip Glass's Oscar-nominated score accentuates the growing menace. Though there is little in these characters to admire, (one would think GLAAD would have something to say about the predatory turn Barbara's character takes), Notes on a Scandal is a compelling tour-de-force for its Grade-A cast. --Donald Liebenson
Notes on a Scandal Extras
Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench on their characters in the film
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Book to Movie Adaptations
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What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal: A Novel
Stills from Notes on a Scandal
- Widescreen Feature
- Commentary by director Richard Eyre
- Notes on A Scandal: The Story of Two Obsessions
- Notes on A Scandal: Behind The Scenes
- In Character with Cate Blanchett
- Judi and Cate: Behind The Scandal
- The Screenplay
- Judi Dench
- Cate Blanchett
- A Conversation with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy
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Cate Blanchett is an art teacher in a high school and happens to have an affair with her student. And Judi Dench is her colleague who happens to be a lonely woman who has no friend that actually who has an evil past. She has some kind of obseesion in woman, not a lsebian but some kind of odd opsession I believe.
Cate is married but her husband is way older then her and they have no bed time for a long time.
When Judi found out that Cate and her student are having this relationship, she covers it and tries to help them stop meeting each other. But actually she is taking posses of her. It's more like she is enjoying her relationship. She actually needed someone to be with her.
For example, when her cat is dying, she almost blackmails Cate when she is about to go to her son't play at his school saying if you don't go with me to the veterinary hospital, I will reveal your secret.
Judi, for the first time acted as a bad woman and she was really great to be hated by the audience.
Cate on the other hand made it truely worked with making the audiene believe that she and her student's are really having this relationship. Although the boy that she is having sex with is too young-the boy was 15 and he is like a boy-she made it totally believable.
The boy who is a student of Kate was ok but something was missing. He is not masculine enough and it is hard to believe that he really approached Kate and actually had sex with her. It was, as I said, that Kate's really great acting that made it possible to flow the story.
There are three meomrable scenes that I want to mention.
One, when Kate tells her husband Bill Nighy, they had a quarrel, I mean serious talk. That was a hell of a dialogue without a fist fighting and that moment was truely beautiful. Both of the actors are truely into the moment and not a single moment, they acted or faked.
Two, right after the quarrel, Kate went out of the house where a bunch of the anchors are waiting for the interview, she was shouting and talking like crazy. That moment was truely a memorable. Through her entire acting career, it was one of the best scene for sure.
Three, there is this scene where Judi and Kate are quarreling when Kate finds out that Judi is not really Kate's friend and she is more of an enemy, they are truely fighting with words. It was like a world war 3. I mean there were bombs and missiles and all kinds of weapons, I can see.
The movie ends with kind of a happy ending when Kate's husband let her in again and I liked it that way.
The entire movie is filled with tension and clash, human relationship.
It was a great great story and I am happy that I bought this DVD. And it was so cheap like 5$.
I happened to watch this right after watching 'The Deep End' with Tilda Swinton, another story of sexual catastrophe. "But, but, but ..." But nothing. Reality does bite, baby.