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A domineering and solitary teacher rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Her world changes when she meets the school's new art teacher. She thought she had met the kindred spirit and loyal friend she had been seeking. But she discovers that her new friend is having an affair with one of her young students.
Thriller - Contrary to the perceptions attached to stars Judi Dench and Cate
Blanchett, this is a down-and-dirty drama with lots of raunchy,
scandalous elements. Themes of illicit sex involving minors and
lesbianism make this a film strictly for the adults.
PROFANITY: 17 F-words, 2 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations with a woman and an underage boy. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Darkly humorous dialogue.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Notes on a Scandal contains interesting material and, as presented by Dench and Blanchett, the narrative gains strength and immediacy. However, the most important part of any thriller -...- is the resolution, and that's where Notes on a Scandal falls on its face.
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The twists and turns of the story are noted in the acerbic diary of Barbara Covett (Dame Judi Dench), a domineering and solitary teacher who rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Save for her cat, Portia, Barbara lives alone, without friends or confidantes – but her world changes when she meets the school's new art teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). Sheba appears to be the kindred spirit and loyal friend Barbara has always been seeking. But when she discovers that Sheba is having an incendiary affair with one of her young students (Andrew Simpson), their budding relationship takes an ominous turn. Now, as Barbara threatens to expose Sheba's terrible secret to both her husband (Bill Nighy) and the world, Barbara's own secrets and dark obsessions come tumbling to the fore, exposing the deceptions at the core of each of the women's lives.