• Notes on a Scandal (2006)

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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

Distributors: Fox

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  • 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.

  • 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

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

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