• Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Notes on a Scandal

Release Date: December 27th, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

R |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), a veteran teacher at St. George's, senses a kindred spirit in Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), the school's new art teacher. The younger woman's charisma intensely draws in the older, and the two become friends. Then Barbara learns of Sheba's affair with a teenage student and becomes the keeper of the explosive secret.

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tameka Empson, Max Lewis, Andrew Simpson, Juno Temple, Alice Bird

Director: Richard Eyre

Genres: Drama

Production Co: DNA Films

Keywords: 2000s , House , Friend , Dark , Husband , Passionate , Friendship , Emotional , Engaging , Forbidden love , Pursuit ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Eyre does a fine job overseeing performances by a terrific cast that rings true until female hysteria takes over the final act. But in tone and theme, the film has all the hallmarks of playwright-screenwriter Marber's stark, uncompromising misanthropy, if not misogyny. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    What it lacks, though, is any sense that these people - are real. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Taken at face value, these two women are simply despicable. But the screenplay has a bracing tincture of Grand Guignol, and nothing is simple when the two women are played by a couple of superlative actresses who clearly delight in one another.

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Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)